1989-10-25 – NRC letter to Cotter Corporation – Cotter is responsible for RIM

1989-10-25-nrc-letter-to-cotter-corporation-cotter-is-responsible-for-rim

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·. iThe record shows that Cotter Corporation purchased the rad1oact1ve material . , ….
· -· : d used ·.tt under. an Atomic Energy Comm1ss1on license at its processing s1te on .·. · tty Avenue-1n Hazelwood; Missouri, and that later. in the process o{ ..· · .. .·decontaminating the ·stte prior to term1nat1on of the license, .the contractor
.···for Cotter Corporation had the material trucked to the West Lake La”dfjll 1n
Bridgeton. Missouri. · Incorrect 1nformation was ~reported to the Coam1Ss1on
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· :·w1th regard to which landfill the material was trucked to and with; regard to
,,._..,..J,,.,,….. ~-.how deeply it was bur1ed•.. The d11ut1on of the mater1a1 with soil prior to ·:;. transport to the landfill was noted as a violation of regulations. The record ‘ ·, estab11shes the traceability of the materia 1 to Cotter Corporation activities
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-for delay -in this matter•. Please advise us w1th1n 30 da,ys of the .date’-~-! ·.
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Robert H. ISernero, Director·. Office of ~uclear Material Safe~
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