From: "Laster, Willard (Lincolnshire)" <Willard.Laster**At_Symbol_Here**SGS.COM>
Subject: Re: [DCHAS-L] disposal of uranium compounds
Date: Wed, 21 Aug 2013 09:19:23 -0400
Reply-To: DCHAS-L <DCHAS-L**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU>
Message-ID: C16B0DC9C528CE42BE693D90D0C98E1132BBD64193**At_Symbol_Here**exdresmbsgs012.EQ1SGS.local
In-Reply-To <81517D60279DA14B9C4EB0E41FBFA6873DF20ABD**At_Symbol_Here**>

We had a similar situation a few years ago.  There are companies in the Chicago area that specialize in radioactive waste, but it was going to be extremely expensive ($3000 for a few small bottles of uranium nitrate).  I actually called the Illinois State Nuclear Regulatory Commission about the problem and they were very helpful.  They reassured me that it was perfectly legal to throw the bottles into the regular trash as long as it was below a certain activity level. 


Willard Laster                                                   
Analytical Services Manager 


Phone:     +1 847-821-8900


From: DCHAS-L Discussion List [mailto:dchas-l**At_Symbol_Here**MED.CORNELL.EDU] On Behalf Of Strode, Kyle
Sent: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 7:46 AM
Subject: [DCHAS-L] disposal of uranium compounds


In our most recent lab pack shipment of old chemicals as hazardous waste, our disposal company took everything except two 1 lb jars of uranium nitrate and uranium acetate that have been on the shelf since the 1960s.


I'd be grateful for strategies on the proper disposal of these compounds along with companies that specialize in these types of waste. We're hoping to not break the bank.


If it is too expensive to dispose of them, are we in violation of any regulations if we keep them?


Thanks for your help!


Kyle Strode

Information in this email and any attachments is confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual(s) to whom it is addressed or otherwise directed. Please note that any views or opinions presented in this email are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the Company. Finally, the recipient should check this email and any attachments for the presence of viruses. The Company accepts no liability for any damage caused by any virus transmitted by this email. All SGS services are rendered in accordance with the applicable SGS conditions of service available on request and accessible at

Previous post   |  Top of Page   |   Next post

The content of this page reflects the personal opinion(s) of the author(s) only, not the American Chemical Society, ILPI, Safety Emporium, or any other party. Use of any information on this page is at the reader's own risk. Unauthorized reproduction of these materials is prohibited. Send questions/comments about the archive to
The maintenance and hosting of the DCHAS-L archive is provided through the generous support of Safety Emporium.