- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - A new audit shows the state agency responsible for inspecting x-ray machines in Arizona has a large backlog of inspections and the problems have been ongoing for decades.

The report issued by the Arizona Auditor General on Tuesday found nearly half the state’s 2,400 x-ray facilities were past-due for inspections.

The Arizona Radiation Regulatory Agency also had major problems certifying x-machine operators, at times issuing certificates to operators who didn’t have needed training. The audit also found the agency allowed some technicians to re-take a failed test on the same day in violation of state law.

The audit said the problems put the public at risk.

The auditor general recommended an overhaul of the agency’s policies and suggested it consider hiring private inspectors.


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