Radioactive Sealed Source, Seed, & Nuclear Gauge,
Dismantling/De-Housing, Disposal Services
/ Nuclear gauges, seeds, tubes, sealed sources, and even leaking sources have been accepted for dismantling
and/or de-housing, disposal or recycling, and/or transportation by ADCO Services
since 1965 from customers in: New York City to San Francisco. Coast to coast,
ADCO Services' central U.S. location in Chicago, IL allows ADCO to offer turnkey
service for radioactive source disposal to the entire continental United States in a timely
manner utilizing it's sister company, ADCOM Express, Inc.
ADCO Services is a
hazardous waste disposal company that is
capable of handling nearly every kind
of radioactive source from: check sources and seeds, to industrial sized nuclear gauges, Alnor Dew Pointers, thickness gauges, flood sources, sheet sources,
Filtec gauges, calibration sources, standards, Phantom sources, Brachytherapy
many more sealed sources for
dismantling by a licensed and certified technician, disposal, and/or transportation.
Some pieces of equipment such as:
scintillation counters, thickness gauges, Dewpointers, and numerous pieces of
equipment in the medical and industrial fields utilize radioactive sources and gauges
to function in their daily duties. ADCO Services
is the company that can aid
you in your disposal efforts to have radioactive items such as the ones mentioned above;
leak tested (Wipe Tested), dismantled, and removed from
your facility, and transported to a licensed disposal facility allowing you to
remove the sources from your radioactive materials license.
Proper permitting, surveying,
wipe testing (leak testing), knowing what packaging to use to be U.S.D.O.T.
compliant, exposure limits, paperwork preparation (NRC 540/541,542), and finding a licensed disposal facility to accept
your sources can all be an overwhelming task, not to mention time limits that are
set forth by state and federal agencies to possess your sources and ready them
for final disposition. With over 40
years of experience in the proper paperwork preparation, licensing/permitting,
packaging, surveying (leak testing), removal, transportation, and disposition of sealed
sources and gauges; it's no wonder that over 10,000 generators of these items destined for
disposal have contacted ADCO Services to aid them in their grueling task of
disposing of their radioactive sources.
ADCO Services is licensed to transport your
sources and even leaking sources to a licensed processor where the sources will be removed from their housing units
and re-packaged, reducing disposal
volumes, meaning lower costs to you! ADCO Services will then send for recycling
any remaining wastes such as lead pigs and steel housing units once it has been
determined that the shielding has no radioactive contamination present
by applying a rigorous survey and release program.
Some of the specialized responsibilities with sealed sources
we handle include:
Disassembly of gauges or devices from mountings
Emergency response for damaged / leaking gauges,
sources, or devices
On-site radioactive source
and nuclear gauge removals
Packaging and labeling of gauges or device containers to meet
Paperwork preparation of NRC 540 forms
and/or straight bills of lading
Providing shielding, encapsulation, or
packing into a cask, as well as special handling procedures as needed
Radiation surveys, project planning, and scheduling
Radioactive material transfer records or RAD-waste disposal
Wipe testing / Leak testing, analysis, and certifications
Common radioactive source types we service
for disposal / recycling:
Brachytherapy Needles (Seeds) (Tubes)
Capsules and Seeds
Check Sources / Calibration Sources / Disk
Densometers / Density Gauges
Electron Capture Detectors (ECD
H-3 Tritium Static Guns
Industrial Sized Gauges
Liquid Scintillation Standards /
Scintillation Counters (entire unit)
Common Source Isotopes Accepted
Barium 133 (Ba-133)
Cesium 137 (Cs-137)
Chlorine 36 (Cl-36)
Cobalt 57 and 60 (Co-57, Co-60)
Germanium 68 (Ge-68)
Iodine 125 and 131 (I-125, I-131)
Krypton 85 (Kr-85)
Nickel 63 (Ni-63)
Phosphorus 32 and 33 (P-32, P-33)
Promethium 147 (Pm-147)
Radium 226 (Ra-226)
Sulfur 35 (S-35)
Strontium 90 (Sr-90)
Sodium 22 (Na-22)
Radionuclides Commonly Disposed
Of Using ADCO Services, Inc. And The Industries They Were Used In:
Used in many smoke detectors for homes and businesses, also can be used
in gauges that measure levels of toxic lead in dried paint samples,
found in thickness gauges to ensure uniform thickness in rolling
processes like steel and paper production, and to help determine where
oil wells should be drilled.
Found in analyzers that analyze metal alloys for checking stock and
Used to inspect airline luggage for hidden explosives, to gauge moisture
content of soil in the road construction and building industries, and to
measure the moisture of materials stored in soils.
Used as an important research tool. In pharmaceutical research it is
used as a tracer to ensure that potential drugs are metabolized without
forming harmful by-products. It is also used in biological research,
agriculture, pollution control, and archeology.
Used to treat cancerous tumors, to measure correct patient dosages of
radioactive pharmaceuticals, to measure and control the liquid flow in
oil pipelines, to tell researchers whether oil wells are plugged by
sand, and to ensure the right fill level for packages of food, drugs,
and other products. (The products in these packages do not become
Used to sterilize surgical instruments, and to improve the safety and
reliability of industrial fuel oil burners. Used in cancer treatment,
food irradiation, gauges, and radiography.
Used in mining to analyze material excavated from pits and slurries from
Used to test the integrity of pipeline welds, boilers and aircraft parts
and in brachytherapy/tumor irradiation.
Used to analyze electroplating solutions and to detect the presence of
Sulphur in the air. Used in metabolism research.
Used in indicator lights in appliances such as clothes washers and
dryers, stereos, and coffee makers; used to gauge the thickness of thin
plastics and sheet metal, rubber, textiles and paper, and to measure
dust and pollutant levels.
Used to detect explosives, and in voltage regulators and current surge
protectors in electronic devices, and in electron capture detectors for
Has powered more than 20 NASA spacecraft since 1972.
Reduces the static charge in production of photographic film and other
Used in electric blanket thermostats, and to gauge thickness of thin
plastics, thin sheet metal, rubber, textile and paper.
Makes lighting rods more effective.
Used to locate leaks in industrial pipelines, and in oil well
Used in survey meters by schools, the military and emergency
management authorities. Also used in cigarette manufacturing
sensors and medical treatment.
Measures the dust and pollutant levels on filter paper, and
gauges the thickness of plastics, sheet metal, rubber, textiles,
Used in electric arc welding rods in construction, aircraft,
petrochemical and food processing equipment industries. These
produce easier starting, greater arc stability, and less metal
Helps fluorescent lights last longer.
Provides coloring and fluorescence in colored glazes and
in self-luminous aircraft and commercial exit signs, luminous
dials, gauges, wrist watches to produce luminous paint, and for
geological prospecting and hydrology.
Fuel for nuclear power plants and naval nuclear propulsion
systems, and used to produce fluorescent glassware, a variety of
colored glazes, and wall tiles.
Profiling Process for Radioactive Source Disposal
who wants to dispose of any sealed sources into the Barnwell, SC site must
possess a South Carolina Transport Permit for that site that the source is to be
disposed of before ADCO Services, Inc. can authorize shipment of sources. ADCO
Services, Inc. can assist generators with obtaining the proper South Carolina
South Carolina Permit
ADCO Services, Inc. can also assist generators
by supplying the proper U.S.D.O.T. approved shipping containers for transportation
of the radioactive sources and the actual transportation of the waste
Services, Inc. accepts a full spectrum of radioactive sources and
gauges for disposal or transportation and utilizes a number of disposal sites
for final disposition. With
special arrangements, ADCO Services, Inc.
can even accept leaking sealed sources and can provide source encapsulation into
concrete, but please note that special form documentation is required and leak
tests will need to be performed.
If you wish to obtain a quotation for the
disposal of your sources please e-mail back your complete
source disposal information form
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