"Going shopping? Don't forget your wallet and credit card. Or Geiger counter. The discovery of radioactive tissue boxes at Bed, Bath & Beyond Inc. (BBBY) stores in January raised alarms among nuclear security officials and company executives over the growing global threat of contaminated scrap metal.
"'The major risk we face in our industry is radiation,' said Paul de Bruin, radiation-safety chief for Jewometaal Stainless Processing BV, one of the world's biggest stainless-steel scrap yards. 'You can talk about security all you want, but I've found weapons-grade uranium in scrap. Where was the security?'
More than 120 shipments of contaminated goods including cutlery, buckles and work tools like hammers and screwdrivers were denied U.S. entry between 2003 and 2008 after customs and the Department of Homeland Security boosted radiation monitoring at borders."
Talk about reaping what you sow -- contaminated tissue boxes are nothing to sneeze at.
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