Chapter 9. Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials: Issues for Glassmakers

  1. Charles H. Drummond III
  1. Charles T. Simmons

Published Online: 26 MAR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470294536.ch9

59th Conference on Glass Problems: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 20, Issue 1

59th Conference on Glass Problems: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 20, Issue 1

How to Cite

Simmons, C. T. (1999) Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials: Issues for Glassmakers, in 59th Conference on Glass Problems: Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, Volume 20, Issue 1 (ed C. H. Drummond), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9780470294536.ch9

Author Information

  1. Kilpatrick Stockton, LLR Washington, D.C.

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 MAR 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 1999

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470375617

Online ISBN: 9780470294536

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Keywords:

  • radioactive materials;
  • glassmakers;
  • international regulators;
  • NOR- regulations;
  • ionizing radiation

Summary

The presence of trace levels of naturally occurring radioactive materials (NORM) in virtually all minerals has been known for many years. Many of the mineral products used in glassmaking contain low but detectable levels of NORM. Historically, NORM has not been regarded as a concern. However, increased scrutiny of radioactive materials by federal, state, and international regulators has brought NORM into sharper focus in recent years. Regulatory initiatives intended to limit public and worker exposures to ionizing radiation may also unintentionally restrict many essential materials used in glassmaking. Because NORM regulations are in a state of flux, opportunity still exists to make meaningful changes in overly restrictive approaches to NORM regulation. This paper presents an overview of NORM issues important to glassmaking and urges the industry to take a proactive stand on NORM regulations currently under consideration before they become final.