[ RadSafe ] Disposal/Recycle Options for Smoke Detectors
Malloch, Wayne D.
Wayne.D.Malloch at maine.gov
Fri Sep 23 09:03:58 CDT 2011
I suggest you contact Siemens Building Technologies Fire Safety
Division. Siemens acquired Cerberus who acquired Pyrotronics and they
have taken back Ra-226 smoke detectors that have been found in scrap
metal in Maine. We have dealt with their NJ office (973) 593-6583
Also Honeywell Security Group as Honeywell acquired Ademco.
Wayne D. Malloch, MS, Health Physicist
State Radioactive Materials Inspector
State Nuclear Security Inspector
Radiation Control Program
286 Water Street, 4th Floor
11 State House Station
Augusta, Maine 04333-0011
Blackberry: (207) 592-3097
Fax: (207) 287-3059
wayne.d.malloch at maine.gov
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Sent: Thursday, September 22, 2011 2:36 PM
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Subject: [ RadSafe ] Disposal/Recycle Options for Smoke Detectors
We have a client requesting disposal options for two smoke detectors.
They took it upon themselves to look into options and received something
sticker shock; consequently, I was approached to assist. See their
"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
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
therefore, they can be disposed as municipal waste. I fact, I recall
regulatory guidance (NUREG 1717?) that evaluated the entire life cycle
products from a dose standpoint.
Can someone direct me to either the applicable regulations and/or
that supports my understanding, or, in the case of my misunderstanding,
viable disposal or recycling options that do not require the
Thanks in advance,
Shane Brightwell, MS, CHP
Professional Radiation Consulting, Inc.
7 Balmoral Drive
Pittstown, NJ 08867
Office: (908) 730-9224
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