NEW YORK A congressman
has introduced a bill that would block a U.S. Department of
Energy (DOE) proposal to lift a ban on recycling radioactive
Rep. Ed Markey (D., Mass.)
introduced the legislation May 16 to block the DOEs
proposed radioactive recycling program, which would allow up to
14,000 tonnes of its radioactive scrap metal to be recycled
into consumer products.
The DOE has proposed selling off
the radioactive metal as scrap, which could be recycled into
jewelry, cutlery or other consumer products, according to
"Putting radioactive metal into
the supply chain could place workers, consumers and others at
risk," said Markey, a senior member of the House Energy and
Commerce Committee. "Instead of recycling radioactive metal for
consumer use, we should put this idea where it belongsin
the trash bin."
Markeys bill has received
support from some trade associations, including the American
Iron and Steel Institute.
"By prohibiting the sale, trade,
barter or transfer of any metal that has been used or stored in
a radiological area, this legislation will help ensure an
uncontaminated scrap metal supply that is vital to the
prosperity of the U.S. and North American steelmaking
industry," AISI president Thomas Gibson said in a
The lawmaker posted on his
website a list of the legislations supporters, which
includes the Metals Industry Recycling Coalition, the National
Recycling Coalition, and several environmental and citizen
The department announced in
December 2012 its proposal to lift the ban on radioactive
amm.com, Dec. 31).