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<h1>NSWMA Says Tritium Signs Should Not Be Placed in Landfills<o:p></o:p></h1>

<p class=byline>Apr 5, 2010 11:12 AM <o:p></o:p></p>

<p>In comments filed with the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission
(NRC), the <a href="http://www.environmentalistseveryday.org/about-nswma-solid-waste-management/index.php" target="_blank">National Solid Wastes Management Association</a> (NSWMA) says
that tritium exit signs should not be placed in municipal solid waste (MSW)
landfills. According to <a href="http://www.environmentalistseveryday.org/news-solid-waste-industry/press-releases-2010/NRC-tritium.php" target="_blank">an NSWMA press release</a>, &#8220;tritium exit signs, used in
many commercial and high-occupancy residential buildings, contain a radioactive
form of hydrogen.&#8221;<br>
<br>
In its comments, NSWMA said that NRC should ban the disposal of the signs in
MSW landfills in part because exposure to tritium increases a person&#8217;s
risk of developing cancer. &#8220;A damaged exit sign likely will have
relatively high levels of tritium in it, and should not be handled or disposed
in a&#8221; MSW landfill, the press release says. <br>
<br>
&#8220;America&#8217;s solid waste industry provides an essential service that
helps protect the environment and public health. We support all efforts to keep
potentially harmful materials out of landfills,&#8221; said Bruce Parker,
president and CEO of NSWMA, in a press release. &#8220;We are pleased to have
the opportunity to express our support for this potential rule change by
[NRC].&#8221;<o:p></o:p></p>

<p class=MsoNormal><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p>

<p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Arial","sans-serif"'>Raoul Clarke<br>
Waste Reduction Section<br>
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P:&nbsp; 850-245-8750<br>
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