The California Radiation Control Program reported to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that a shipment set off radiation alarms at the Truckee, California, truck scales last Thursday. Two packages in the shipment indicated Cobalt 60. The packages were bound for Bed, Bath & Beyond stores in Santa Clara and San Jose.
The shipment was authorized to proceed in a separate trailer to the shipper’s yard in Sacramento for further examination and ultimate disposal. The hot items were determined to be four Kleenex box holders manufactured in India.
The port of entry for the contaminated items was Newark, New Jersey. The truck containing the boxes traveled 2700 miles and passed undetected through ten states, assuming it took the most direct route. It’s anybody’s guess where the Cobalt contaminated items will go for final disposition. There are low-level radioactive waste disposal sites in Washington state, in Clive, Utah and a facility that is just about to open in Andrews County in west Texas.