[time-nuts] Cesium Clock Avialable

Bob kb8tq kb8tq at n1k.org
Sat May 19 18:01:51 EDT 2018


At least these days, a 5071 comes back from the factory with the same Hazmat labels 
on it as it ships into their factory with. 


> On May 19, 2018, at 4:43 PM, Poul-Henning Kamp <phk at phk.freebsd.dk> wrote:
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> In message <B17ED93D-0178-456F-B448-A93697E44F10 at n1k.org>, Bob kb8tq writes:
>> Cs is classified rightly as a hazardous substance. Transporting and shipping 
>> hazardous stuff is indeed regulated (as it should be). For various silly reasons
>> the minute amount of Cs inside a virtually indestructible container in a Cs 
>> standard  falls into the hazardous category. 
> The reason for this is actually not very silly.
> Very potent Cs137 sources are used in borehole characterization in
> disturbingly high numbers, and they are licensed and tracked by the
> relevant national regulatory agency, NRC.gov in the USA.
> The HAZMAT regulations used to be different for Cs137 (nuclear
> concerns) and Cs133 (chemical concerns) but smartasses in the oil
> industry discovered lower costs if they "couldn't remember the
> number".
> I belive HP used to have an exemption for shipping factory new
> CS-tubes *from* their factory, but not for shipping new or used
> tubes *to* their factory, because customers could not be trusted
> to pack according to spec.
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