Should the US government permit recycling of scrap metal from nuclear sites?

An article in the Wall Street Journal (January 17,2013) describes a plan by the US government to release scrap metal from nuclear sites. The scrap is described as containing low enough levels of radioactivity – comparable to exposures in a cross country flight. But worries of use of such recycled material commingled with other metals might hurt US products using them, argue opponents. In addition, use of these metals in glasses, belt buckles or hip joints may cause prolonged exposure to consumers. How should the scrap metal be dealt with and what should be the standard to prevent side effects from being passed on to the public ? Should the scrap be required to be tracked, and if so, will the cost of tracking be so prohibitive as to kill the market ? At which point will the recycling benefit compensate for the downstream risks from release of the scrap material ?

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One Response to Should the US government permit recycling of scrap metal from nuclear sites?

  1. As I discuss in one of my posts, http://scmresearch.org/2012/08/16/natural-resource-scarcity/ , resourse scarcity has become a top priority for many supply chain practitioners. However, It is hard to believe that scrapping metal from nuclear sites will be the answer to this challenge.

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