In April 1995, Health Physics published a review paper titled « Radioactive Materials in Recycled Metals. » At that time, 35 accidental meltings of radioactive sources in metal mills were reported, including 22 in the U.S., along with 293 other events in the U.S. where radioactive material was found in metals for recycling.
Since that date, there have been additional accidental meltings of radioactive sources in metal mills both in the U.S. and elsewhere.
There also was an incident in Texas that involved stolen radioactive devices, which resulted in exposures of members of the general public.
Also, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission took steps to address the underlying problem of inadequate control and accountability of radioactive materials licensed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
The Steel Manufacturers Association made available data collected by its members beginning in 1994 that expanded the database for radioactive materials found by the metal recycling industry in recycled metal scrap to over 2,300 reports as of 30 June 1997.
Mots-clés Pascal : Produit radioactif, Matériau recyclé, Déchet, Métal, Facteur risque, Radiocontamination, Usage unique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Radioactive product, Recycled material, Wastes, Metal, Risk factor, Radioactive contamination, Disposable
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0144836
Code Inist : 001D16B05. Création : 21/07/1998.