[ RadSafe ] Disposal/Recycle Options for Smoke Detectors

Ted de Castro tdc at xrayted.com
Thu Sep 22 16:41:47 CDT 2011

Those sources make great check sources by the way!

In the hands/custody  of an HP professional - of course.

On 9/22/2011 11:35 AM, ProRadCon at aol.com wrote:
> Greetings,
> We have a client requesting disposal options for two smoke detectors.
> They took it upon themselves to look into options and received something of a
> sticker shock; consequently, I was approached to assist.  See their
> description below.
> "We have 2 ionization smoke detectors that we need to get rid of.  Their
> descriptions are as follows:
> -  A 6" (case diameter) unit made  by Ademco, model: 590, serial #E100475.
> Radioactive Material = Ra 226 (.05  microCuries).
> -  An 8" unit made by Pyrotronics  Canada Ltd, model #DU-3. Radioactive
> Material = AM 241 (0.8 microCuries  max)."
> My understanding was that such units were distributed, under proper NRC
> exempt distribution licensing, to persons/entities exempt from licensing;
> therefore, they can be disposed as municipal waste.  I fact, I recall
> regulatory guidance (NUREG 1717?) that evaluated the entire life cycle of such
> products from a dose standpoint.
> Can someone direct me to either the applicable regulations and/or guidance
> that supports my understanding, or, in the case of my  misunderstanding, to
> viable disposal or recycling options that do  not require the liquidation
> assets?
> Thanks in advance,
> Shane  Brightwell, MS, CHP
> President
> Professional Radiation Consulting,  Inc.
> 7 Balmoral Drive
> Pittstown, NJ 08867
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