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Clothes with Radioactive Zippers?

 
Tetsuwan
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Clothes with Radioactive Zippers?
n something of a stealth maneuver during the 2012 holiday season, the U.S. Department of Energy set about to give every American a little more radiation exposure, and for some a lot, by allowing manufacturers to use radioactive metals in their consumer products -- such as zippers, spoons, jewelry, belt buckles, toys, pots, pans, furnishings, bicycles, jungle gyms, medical implants, or any other metal or partly-metal product.

The Energy Dept. announced its plan in the Federal Register on December 12 and invited comment for 30 days, through January 11, 2013. Citing its need to address environmental concerns under the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA), the agency said, in part, that its plan was:

"to delegate authority to manage radiological clearance and release of scrap metal from radiological areas to each Under Secretary for sites under his or her cognizance".

" This Draft PEA for the Recycling of Scrap Metals Originating from Radiological Areas analyzes the potential environmental impacts associated with resuming the clearance of scrap metal, originating from DOE radiological areas, for recycling pursuant to improved procedures designed to assure that clearance for release is limited to metals meeting stringent criteria."

Translated from the bureaucratese, this is a proposal to lift a ban on recycling radioactive metals left over from American bomb-making and other nuclear activities and allow them to be used commercially with "stringent" but largely unenforceable criteria for their use. The initial ban was ordered in 2000, by then Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson.

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Scrap-Metal Plan Proves Radioactive
The approximately 14,000 tons of metal under review for possible initial release is only a fraction of the tens of millions of tons of metal recycled annually, it said. Smaller amounts could be eligible for release in future years.
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Radioactive Metals Found in Recliners, Handbags Due to Recycling Contamination
* A China-made kitchen grater, found in a Flint, Mich., scrap plant, that was laced with the isotope Cobalt-60, giving off the equivalent of a chest X-ray over 36 hours of use.

* A 430,000-pound shipment of metal, tainted with Cobalt-60, that came from Brazil in 1998 and was used to make brackets for 1,000 La-Z-Boy recliners, giving off a chest X-ray's worth of radiation every 1,000 hours.

* About 900 women's handbags made in India and found in the Netherlands that had metal rings laced with Cobalt-60 on each bag's shoulder strap.

* 500 sets of buttons made for Otis elevators in France and Sweden, using radioactive metal from India.

* Shipments of chain link fencing from India in 1991, and another shipment of tainted fencing from India a decade later.

The report also points out that the U.S. does not have enough regulation or oversight of the matter. Some of the findings from investigation:


-- Reports are mounting that manufacturers and dealers from China, India, former Soviet bloc nations and some African countries are exporting contaminated material and goods, taking advantage of the fact that the United States has no regulations specifying what level of radioactive contamination is too much in raw materials and finished goods. Compounding the problem is the inability of U.S. agents to fully screen every one of the 24 million cargo containers arriving in the United States each year.

-- U.S. metal recyclers and scrap yards are not required by any state or federal law to check for radiation in the castoff material they collect or report it when they find some.

-- No federal agency is responsible for determining how much tainted material exists in how many consumer and other goods. No one is in charge of reporting, tracking or analyzing cases once they occur. In fact, the recent discovery of a radioactive cheese grater triggered a bureaucratic game of hot potato, with no agency taking responsibility.

-- It can be far cheaper and easier for a facility stuck with "hot" items to sell them to an unwitting manufacturer or dump them surreptitiously than to pay for proper disposal and cleaning, which can cost a plant as much as $50 million.

-- For facilities in 36 states that want to do the right thing, there is nowhere they can legally dump the contaminated stuff since the shutdown last year of a site in South Carolina, the only U.S. facility available to them for the disposal.

-- A U.S. government program to collect the worst of the castoff radioactive items has a two-year waiting list and a 9,000-item backlog -- and is fielding requests to collect an additional 2,000 newly detected items a year.

[link to www.greenbiz.com]
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4. Recycled Radioactive Metals May Be in Your Home
Under special government permits, “decontaminated” radioactive metal is being sold to manufacture everything from knives, forks, and belt buckles to zippers, eyeglasses, dental fillings, and IUDs. The Department of Energy (DOE), the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC); and the radioactive metal processing industry are pushing for new regulations that would relax current standards and dispense with the need for special radioactive recycling licensing.

By one estimate, the DOE disposed of 7,500 tons of these troublesome metals in 1996 alone. The new standard being sought would allow companies to recycle millions of tons of low-level radioactive metal a year while raising the acceptable levels of millirems (mrems), a unit of measure that estimates the damage radiation does to human tissue. By the NRC’s own estimate, the proposed standards could cause 100,000 cancer fatalities in the United States alone.

Metal companies want to raise the standard from an almost immeasurable amount to something more in the vicinity of 10 mrems per year. The NRC studied the health effects of that exact standard back in 1990 and found that this dosage would lead to about 92,755 additional cancer deaths in the United States alone.

According to Progressive reporter Cusac, some scientists argue that exposure to continual low-dose radiation is potentially more dangerous than a onetime, high-level dose. She cites Steve Wing, epidemiologist at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill: “The cancer curve rises more steeply at low doses than high doses.”

Richard Clapp, associate professor in the department of environmental health at the Boston University School of Public Health, says that the greatest threat comes from those household products with which you have the most contact, where “you’re sitting on it or if it’s part of your desk, or in the frame of your bed—where you have constant exposure and for several hours.”

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02/04/2013 01:48 AM
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I have a geiger counter and do a check of my home and possessions from time to time.
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I have a geiger counter and do a check of my home and possessions from time to time.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 33344190


And do you found something already?

I doubt that we can find this Traces with a average Geiger-Counter because they are not working well in all the different Nuclide's as well as the real Screening like we can see for Food!

A lot of Bq. is needed to give you Information in Micro- or Nano-Sievert!
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02/04/2013 04:30 AM
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History offers some indication of what can happen when radioactive materials find their way into consumer goods. In the early 1980s, contaminated metal from unknown sources was fabricated into jewelry (wearers developed cancer and lost their fingers) and restaurant table legs (most were detected prior to delivery, but some patrons and employees may have been exposed to radioactive cobalt 60). In 1998, occupants in Taiwanese apartment buildings made with radioactive steel beams began reporting health problems, and a Michigan manufacturer was forced to recall hundreds of La-Z-Boy recliners after learning that the rocker springs contained radioactive metal.

Despite the health risks, global trade in radioactive materials is thriving. The European Union has already set standards allowing the release of materials contaminated with what it calls "trivial" amounts of radiation, and industry trade groups like the Nuclear Energy Institute are pressuring the United States to follow suit. "Consistency with standards set by other nations and international agencies is important," the NRC declared in a 1999 report, "because materials can be both imported and exported between the U.S. and other countries, and differing standards could create confusion and economic disparities in commerce." Officials at the Department of Transportation are currently revising rules on radioactive shipments to conform to international guidelines.

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The growing global threat of radioactive scrap metal
"The major risk we face in our industry is radiation," said Paul de Bruin, radiation-safety chief for Jewometaal Stainless Processing, one of the world's biggest stainless-steel scrap yards. "You can talk about security all you want, but I've found weapons-grade uranium in scrap. Where was the security?"

More than 120 shipments of contaminated goods, including cutlery, buckles and work tools such as 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 cobalt-60 used in medical instruments to diagnose and treat cancer, evaded detection.

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02/04/2013 07:44 AM
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No one scared?

Reminds me of this Tableware


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02/04/2013 07:59 AM
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I read recently that even granite countertops can give off natural occuring radiation sometimes.
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02/04/2013 08:02 AM
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I have a geiger counter and do a check of my home and possessions from time to time.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 33344190


And do you found something already?

I doubt that we can find this Traces with a average Geiger-Counter because they are not working well in all the different Nuclide's as well as the real Screening like we can see for Food!

A lot of Bq. is needed to give you Information in Micro- or Nano-Sievert!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 33473565
You may be right. I pick up cosmic radiation...sometimes 30 counts per minute etc. and then there is Alpha or Beta that doesn't travel very far and doesn't really penetrate but it's the Gamma in my understanding that can do the most harm. Right?
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02/04/2013 08:03 AM
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What about stuff from Japam
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I read recently that even granite countertops can give off natural occuring radiation sometimes.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 33344190


Imo always and not just sometimes!

Many old Houses used erratic Blocks as a
Fundament and the People who lived inside
died very young because of Cancer.

The best Material is still untreated Wood!
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What about stuff from Japam
 Quoting: GeorgiaPeach


Imo all the Stuff from Japan is very safe
because they need to test everything
for Contamination!
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02/04/2013 08:16 AM
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What about stuff from Japam
 Quoting: GeorgiaPeach


I was wondering the same. World famous zipper manufacturer YKK is from Japan. Hard to find clothes, backpacks, bags, tents, ... without YKK zippers.
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02/04/2013 08:20 AM
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I have a geiger counter and do a check of my home and possessions from time to time.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 33344190


And do you found something already?

I doubt that we can find this Traces with a average Geiger-Counter because they are not working well in all the different Nuclide's as well as the real Screening like we can see for Food!

A lot of Bq. is needed to give you Information in Micro- or Nano-Sievert!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 33473565
You may be right. I pick up cosmic radiation...sometimes 30 counts per minute etc. and then there is Alpha or Beta that doesn't travel very far and doesn't really penetrate but it's the Gamma in my understanding that can do the most harm. Right?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 33344190


This is a very difficult question but we can say
that every form and type of Radiation is dangerous
when you reach a specific Level!

A Geiger Counter is not really useful for this type
of Measurement but better than nothing.
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02/04/2013 08:24 AM
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What about stuff from Japam
 Quoting: GeorgiaPeach


I was wondering the same. World famous zipper manufacturer YKK is from Japan. Hard to find clothes, backpacks, bags, tents, ... without YKK zippers.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 33576317


For example:
The initials YKK stand for Yoshida Kōgyō Kabushiki Kaisha (吉田工業株式会&#31​038;?), Yoshida Manufacturing Corporation. More than 90% of all zippers in the world are made in over 206 YKK facilities in 68 countries around the world, with the largest factory in Georgia, USA which produces more than 7 million zippers per day. [2]

source is Wikipedia
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02/04/2013 08:28 AM
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What about stuff from Japam
 Quoting: GeorgiaPeach


Imo all the Stuff from Japan is very safe
because they need to test everything
for Contamination!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 33473565


norespect
strgzr

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02/04/2013 08:30 AM
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Suck it up, radiation is the new vitamin. Vitamin R.
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02/04/2013 08:32 AM
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i guezz now iz the time to go to med zchool, become en oncologizt doctor.

$$$$
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What about stuff from Japam
 Quoting: GeorgiaPeach


Imo all the Stuff from Japan is very safe
because they need to test everything
for Contamination!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 33473565


norespect
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 27932673


Why do the Japanese Industry should spend
a lot of Money for the Shipping of Goods
when this Goods cant enter the Market?

I know that you don't know the Procedure of
a European Harbour but you can learn it,
inform your self and understand that not every
Country is a Banana-Country!
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Re: Clothes with Radioactive Zippers?
I heard some years ago that some radioactive gold used in medicine for cancer therapy found it's way into wedding rings etc. and one person ended up getting burn marks around his ring finger and the skin kept sloughing off. Yuck!

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