The Pump House Brewery is in trouble with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission for improperly moving one of its gauges without the proper notice.
The Moncton-based brewery has a licence with the nuclear safety commission to use nuclear gauges in its bottling plant. The special devices are used to make sure the bottles are filled to the correct volume.
The nuclear safety commission issued an order on Wednesday after an inspection discovered “several non-compliances related to safety requirements.”
Shaun Fraser, the brewery’s owner, said the problems amount to some missed paperwork.
The nuclear device wasn't being used during the safety commission's inspection, but it had been moved without filing the proper forms.
'Everybody seems to be quite particular with, you know, anything that has the word nuclear in it, they had to write us up.' - Shaun Fraser
Fraser said the order has more to do with procedure than safety.
“Everything else was fine, it's just that we got a rap at the knuckles for not asking their permission to slide it across the floor,” Fraser said.
"The piece of equipment that the nuclear device is in was moved over a couple of feet and when they did the inspection just a couple of weeks ago they had found that we had moved it. Through error, we just didn't get permission to move it those couple of feet," he added.
But, the brewer said he understands the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission is just doing its job.
“Everybody seems to be quite particular with, you know, anything that has the word nuclear in it, they had to write us up,” he said.
The nuclear safety commission says once the Pump House Brewery sends proof of compliance, the order will be closed.
“The order requires Pump House Brewery Ltd. to place the nuclear gauge in secure storage, prevent its unauthorized access, and cease all installation and removal of nuclear gauges until all the safety requirements have been satisfactorily addressed,” according to the commission.
Since the order was published on Wednesday, Fraser said he's been in contact with the safety commission and he expects the matter to be resolved soon.
The Pump House Brewery opened in 1999.