Date: Wed, 18 Nov 2009 13:49:22 -0600
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From: "Schmidt-Nebril, Kathleen" <kschmidtnebril**At_Symbol_Here**DOM.EDU>
Subject: Re: radioactive salts
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Here at our university we made use of the federally funded “Orphan Source” program to remove our old radioactive samples.  Our contact for this was through   which set us up with someone from the Illinois Emergency Management, Division of Nuclear Safety.  The “Orphan Source” information came from the government site;

Kathleen Schmidt-Nebril, NRCC-CHO

Dominican University

Division of Chemistry

Department of Natural Science

River Forest, IL 60305

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Sent: Wednesday, November 18, 2009 10:35 AM
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Subject: [DCHAS-L] radioactive salts

A local laboratory here has four bottles of thorium and uranium salts they’d like to get rid of.  Looking into it, I found it was going to cost close to $4000 to transport and dispose of less than a pound of material at a facility in Houston; this is the only facility I can find that will accept this material.  These are not RCRA hazardous, and the radioactivity has to be extremely low.  The DOT numbers are 2909 and 2910; there doesn’t appear to be any difficulty shipping them. 


My question is – what are other labs doing to dispose of this type of material?  Is it possible to encase them in concrete or another inert material and dispose in a municipal system?  Is there anyone recycling these salts?  Any ideas?


Thanks̷ 0;.


Russ Phifer


Russ Phifer

WC Environmental, LLC

1085C Andrew Drive

West Chester, PA  19380

610-696-9220x12/ fax 610-344-7519



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