|AGREEMENT STATE REPORT RADIOACTIVE MATERIAL REJECTED AT WASTE FACILITY
The following is a summary of information received via email:
On 2/27/20, the Vermont Department of Health (VDH) was notified that a waste transport truck was rejected at a waste facility in Hudson Falls, NY. The truck was rejected because radioactive material was detected measuring 1.4 mrem/hr while background radiation was 0.01 mrem/hr. The truck was redirected to Tam Recycling in Pownal, VT, and instructed to isolate the waste.
On 3/2/20, the Vermont Hazardous Materials Response Team (VHMRT) and a member of VDH Radiation Control responded to the recycling center. The radioactive waste was identified as human bladder control products which contained an estimated 4.6 microCi of I-131. The contents were double bagged and isolated in a remote storage area at the recycling center for to decay.
On 4/3/20, VDH issued Vermont Information Notice IN 20-001 (Release of humans and animals receiving I-131 therapy) to all Vermont radioactive materials licensees who are authorized to use I-131. This Information Notice recommends all affected licensees review their I-131 administration procedures, patient release criteria, and pet owner release instructions.
On 6/26/20, a VDH inspector returned to survey the material, and found that the radiation levels of the material were indistinguishable from background.
With the decay of the I-131 waste this incident has been closed out by VDH on 8/5/20.
Vermont Incident No.: VT-20-001