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  • Radioactive scrap that emits 2.5 chest x-rays per hour shredded in Pennsylvania and shipped without warning to Ohio

    https://www.recyclingtoday.com/artic...g-pennsylvania
    Environmental agencies identify PSC shredder as source of radioactive contamination

    Scrap shredded in Pennsylvania was later shipped to Ohio.
    March 2, 2016
    Recycling Today Staff

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    The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has issued several news releases pertaining to the incidents, with the most recent one issued Feb. 27, 2016. The agency indicates the radioactive scrap was detected at PSC Metals yards in Canton and Massillon, Ohio, and at a Tube City (TMS International) facility in Mansfield, Ohio.
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    The source of the radiation is under investigation. Phillips says, ?Radiation can occur in scrap metal for a variety of reasons, including because the owner who sends it for recycling does not realize that the [obsolete] equipment contains small radioactive sources.?

    Radiation surveys of contaminated scrap metal delivered to PSC Metals in Massillon showed a highest reading of 25 millirem per hour, equivalent to the radiation dose from two-and-a-half chest X-rays within one hour, ODH says...
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