[ RadSafe ] Co-60 tissue box holders: applicable regulations for disposal

Jake Hecla jakehecla at gmail.com
Thu Jan 19 18:25:24 CST 2012

There must have been an internal memo sent out about keeping anyone and
everyone away from them. They told me I would be forcibly removed from
their store if I showed up with my GM counter to check the stock on the
shelf for radioactivity.

2012/1/19 Carl Willis <carl.willis at gmail.com>

> Dear Radsafers,
> As many of us are aware, Bed Bath and Beyond recently stocked some
> India-made tissue box holders that were contaminated with Co-60.  These
> were delivered to a minority of the chain's stores, including the Ventura
> Center store in Albuquerque where I live.  The manager told me last Friday
> there was not a snowball's chance in hell that they would even let me see
> one, let alone purchase one; they had just been boxed up for good.  I then
> had to leave on an out-of-town trip, but on Saturday, my friend Gary
> Bodman, who teaches middle-school physical science here, rolled over to BBB
> with a scintillation detector.  It swung up to ~3x local background near
> the employees' annex in the back of the store.  Again, though, his advances
> to merely observe, let alone procure, one of these coveted articles were
> rebuffed with extreme prejudice.  We know the items are there!  We know
> they're hot!  My question to anyone knowledgeable is this: is BBB legally
> prohibited from selling these cobalt boxes now, or is it just corporate
> management or local management that's enforcing this policy of uptightness
> that we observe?  Also, how would the store "properly" get rid of their
> inventory?  My guess is the NM Radiation Control Bureau will have that
> task.  Bottom line is I'd love to see one of these things before they're
> gone and all forgotten.  Any recommendations are welcome...
> -Carl
> 505-412-3277
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