Date: Wed, 18 Nov 2009 19:35:25 -0500
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From: James Saccardo <James.Saccardo**At_Symbol_Here**CSI.CUNY.EDU>
Subject: Re: radioactive salts
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Be Well,

James F. Saccardo, CHMM
Office of Environmental Health and Safety
The College of Staten Island
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From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailt o:DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU] On Behalf Of John Crawford M cGregor
Sent: Wednesday, November 18 , 2009 5:56 PM
To: DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] radio active salts

Thorium and uranium compound s are considered “source material”, and are regulated under a g eneral license from the NRC.

The two NRC links below will send you to the regulations. c-collections/cfr/part040/

If the material is only regu lated as radioactive and does not have any other residual hazards (for exam ple uranyl nitrate is also an oxidizer), then it should be fairly cheap to get rid of.  You may want to contact Tho mas Gray & Associates for disposal options.



John Crawfor d McGregor

Director - O ffice of Regulatory Compliance

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From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailt o:DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**] On Behalf Of Russ Phifer
Sent: Wednesday, November 18 , 2009 9:35 AM
To: DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**LIST.UVM.EDU
Subject: [DCHAS-L] radioacti ve salts

A local laboratory here has four bottles of thorium an d uranium salts they’d like to get rid of.  Looking into it, I f ound it was going to cost close to $4000 to transport and dispose of less than a pound of material at a facil ity 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 l ow.  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 di spose of this type of material?  Is it possible to encase them in conc rete or another inert material and dispose in a municipal system?  Is there anyone recycling these salts ?  Any ideas?


Russ Phifer

Russ Phifer

WC Environmental, LLC

1085C Andrew Drive

West Chester , PA  193 80

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

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