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Exempt Smoke Detectors
Does anyone know an answer to the following question?
If a broad-scope licensee performs maintenance (i.e. cleaning) on an
exempt smoke detector containing Am-241, is the detector still
considered exempt from licensing? We know that the NRC's position is
that exempt detectors may be disposed of in ordinary trash, however,
we are not sure whether the exemption is voided if they are opened by
a licensee other than the manufacturer licensed to distribute the
smoke detectors as exempt.
We have many smoke detectors (2 mCi Am-241) that we routinely return
to the manufacturer for cleaning. The manufacturer will not be
performing this function in the future. We would like to perform this
cleaning, however, we are not sure whether these should be treated as
licensed material (under our broadscope) or exempt. We have spent much
time reviewing 10CFR30 and NRC positions as well as discussing this
issue with other HPs/licensees and have not been able to get a
Please respond to me at:
Jay Tarzia, CHP
603-474-9521 Ext 3868
I will be more than glad to share the results with the radsafe
subscribers if anyone is interested.