Nuclear Risks at Bed, Bath & Beyond Show Dangers of Scrap
Tissue boxes made of recycled metal were found to be radioactive at a show in the US. The discovery of radioactive tissue boxes at Bed, Bath & Beyond Inc. (BBBY) stores in January raised alarms among nuclear security officials and company executives over the growing global threat of contaminated scrap metal.
moreMore than 120 shipments of contaminated goods including cutlery, buckles and work tools like hammers and screwdrivers were denied U.S. entry between 2003 and 2008 after customs and the Department of Homeland Security boosted radiation monitoring at borders. The department declined to provide updated figures or comment on how the metal tissue boxes at Bed, Bath & Beyond, tainted with melted cobalt-60 used in medical instruments to diagnose and treat cancer, evaded detection.
andChronic exposure to low doses of radiation can lead to cataracts, cancer and birth defects, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. A 2005 study of more than 6,000 Taiwanese who lived in apartments built with radioactive reinforcing steel from 1983 to 2005 showed a statistically significant increase in leukemia and breast cancer.
The nuclear industry portrays itself as a clean and 'green' but this really isn't the case. Since everything sold in out stores today are imported, does our gov't check for radiation contamination? Do the stores check their products? I mean you or me could go to the store and buy some saws and hammers and other metallic stuff (cutlery) and it could be contaminated. I don't want to get unnecessary radiation exposure. I don't think having radioactive cutlery is any good, even kids can get contaiminated too.An October 2008 delivery of radioactive elevator buttons assembled by Mafelec, a Chimilin, France-based company that makes control and signaling gear, contained radioactive metal shipped from India. Employees who handled the buttons were exposed to three times the safe dose of radiation for non- nuclear workers, according to regulators at the Autorite de Surete Nucleaire, France’s nuclear energy watchdog. Mafelec said at the time it had cut ties with the Indian supplier.
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