A medical office in Vermont has been warned to be more careful with its radioactive waste after it released a barrel to a disposal company, the Burlington Free Press reported.
At some point, the waste haulers realized that the barrel might contain medical waste or another form of waste that it could not accept, turned around and returned the barrel to the PharmaLogic medical facility.
The Williston, Vt., company was officially warned by the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the newspaper reported. The NRC said the company released mildly radioactive waste to a disposal company because of inadequate internal controls, but the public was never at harm.
The company told the newspaper that it was a mix-up and changes have been made to make sure it doesn't happen again.