[ RadSafe ] How different agencies collaborate in USA

parthasarathy k s ksparth at yahoo.co.uk
Tue Mar 20 07:38:17 CDT 2012

Dear list members,

Greetings from Shrewsbury, Boston! I am in USA on a short visit after 31 years!

Recently, I came across the following news item 
titled "Low-level radioactive device found in home". You can access it at:


The report contained the following statement:

"The DEC( Department of Environmental Conservation), state Department of Health and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found a lucite tube, about 9 inches long and 1 inch around, that 
contained a cavity with a small amount of low-level radioactive 
material, state officials said".

Frankly, I am unable to understand how these agencies coordinate their efforts to ensure radiation protection! Every one has a job to do. Are their functions clearly defined to avoid conflict among the lowest levels of hierarchy?


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