Event Report: Shipment bound for Bed, Bath & Beyond sets off California radiation sensors

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.

 

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About Robert Singleton

By day, I work for a call center. In my spare time, I try to save my hometown (and planet) from a nearly constant onslaught of greedheads, lunatics and land developers. I live in a fictional town called Austin, Texas, where I go to way too many meetings.
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3 Responses to Event Report: Shipment bound for Bed, Bath & Beyond sets off California radiation sensors

  1. enoughalready45 says:

    Makes me wonder if I already have something “hot” in my house since so many countrys have nuclear reactors. It may be time to buy a radiation detector and scan everything before it comes in the house. I hope this is not what the world is coming to.

  2. enoughalready45 says:

    spelling meant countries

  3. wow I wonder why the holder was radio active. It is very interesting that it made it that far without anyone picking up on the radio active box!

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