From: James Keating <jameskeating1944**At_Symbol_Here**GMAIL.COM>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] empty lead radioactive material containers
Date: Sat, 10 Aug 2013 13:06:31 -0400
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If tje lead pigs are labeled radioactive then you must determine if there is removable or fixed contamination present in excess of the quantity specified in 10CFR part 20 for radioactive material. If the survey results determine the containers are radioactive then they must be disposed of in a USNRC licensed burial site in accordance with applicable regulations. I suggest you contact the RSO of a nearby university and ask for assistance.

This would be a good field trip and lab experiment for one of their grad students in the health physics discipline.

Jim Keating
Radiation Safety Consultant

Jim Keating

On Aug 9, 2013 5:44 PM, "Strode, Kyle" <strode**At_Symbol_Here**> wrote:

We rid ourselves of all of our radioactive samples several years ago, but I recently located a box of lead storage containers in which (presumably) bottles of radioactive materials were stored. These are lead containers that are about the size of a can of Campbell's Soup and they have a radioactive label on the outside but are totally empty.

Two questions:

Can these be disposed of as nonradioactive waste?

Since they are made of lead, is there an issue with disposing of them in the normal solid waste stream?

I know that I will need to contact my local municipal solid waste office to be sure, but I'd appreciate any advice from the listserv.

Kyle Strode

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