[ RadSafe ] Disposal/Recycle Options for Smoke Detectors
Sam_Iverstine at yahoo.com
Mon Sep 26 09:37:36 CDT 2011
May try the Government's orphan
source collection option - it's no cost
Sam Iverstine, MS, CHP
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On Sep 22, 2011, at 2:35 PM, ProRadCon at aol.com wrote:
> 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
> Thanks in advance,
> Shane Brightwell, MS, CHP
> Professional Radiation Consulting, Inc.
> 7 Balmoral Drive
> Pittstown, NJ 08867
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