[ RadSafe ] Legacy school rad materials disposal
Marty.Bourquin at grace.com
Mon Jan 27 10:55:25 CST 2014
Just as a reminder - there are different definitions for what is regulated depending on the agency. Exempt quantities are specified in Rad regs. The quantity and concentration limits you refer to (DOT, IATA, IMDG etc) are used for transport of material - two different situations with different limits.
I agree with your assessment that for transportation purposes they will, in all likelihood, not meet the definition of Radioactive materials.
However the proper disposal will depend on , as stated by the original poster, how they were originally distributed and the amount of activity present.
From: radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu [mailto:radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu] On Behalf Of Dan McCarn
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Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] Legacy school rad materials disposal
The definition of "radioactive materials" is a 2-part test (DOT, IAEA,
1) The concentration must exceed a limit AND
2) The total activity must exceed a limit.
I seriously doubt that these meet either requirement, much less both.
Therefore, they are not "radioactive materials".
My understanding is that they could simply be disposed of directly in the garbage.
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On Thu, Jan 23, 2014 at 10:43 AM, Thomas Papura <trpapura at gw.dec.state.ny.us
> I am trying to help out a couple local schools. They have some legacy
> radioactive sources, and among them are the kits as seen on Paul
> The least expensive quote we obtained from brokers was $225 per box.
> One school has 40 plus and the other 20 plus. This is a considerable expense.
> My question is this? Most brokers want to charge ludicrous amounts of
> money to dispose of them due to the Nitrate content and subsequent
> concerns. Considering the trivial amounts of Uranium and Thorium
> present, I would imagine they are exempt from regulation but was
> wondering if anyone knows for sure how they were distributed? Were they sold as exempt?
> Generally licensed? If so, perhaps they could be solidified in
> concrete and disposed of without regard to their rad content?
> Any assistance would be appreciated.
> Thomas Papura
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