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

Rich Gallego rich at tgainc.com
Thu Jan 19 19:33:30 CST 2012

BBB is soliciting bids from respected and licensed rad waste brokers to
properly dispose of the tissue box holders.

Rich Gallego
Thomas Gray and Associates

-----Original Message-----
From: radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu
[mailto:radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu] On Behalf Of Steven Dapra
Sent: Thursday, January 19, 2012 5:15 PM
To: The International Radiation Protection (Health Physics) Mailing List
Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] Co-60 tissue box holders: applicable regulations
for disposal

Jan. 19

         Sounds like a case of extreme paranoia by the corporate power
brokers at Bed, Bath, and Beyond.

Steven Dapra

At 05:25 PM 1/19/2012, you wrote:
>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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