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

Price, John Jr - OSHA PriceJr.John at dol.gov
Fri Jan 20 12:56:56 CST 2012

Has anyone filed a complaint with the NM Radiation Control Bureau? 

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From: radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu
[mailto:radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu] On Behalf Of Carl Willis
Sent: Thursday, January 19, 2012 7:20 PM
To: radsafe at health.phys.iit.edu
Subject: [ RadSafe ] Co-60 tissue box holders: applicable regulations

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...

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