Free Tritiated Water!!!

George W Chacko gchacko at
Thu Jul 23 13:12:53 EST 1992

I;m posting this for SOMEONE ELSE so please address followups to

Subject: Free Tritiated Water

Please forward this note to any colleague at ANY school or other
institution.  Even if your contact at that school does not use tritiated
water, they may know someone who does.

I have a large amount (1.5 curies) of tritiated (radioactive) water that I
would like to GIVE to some lab that can use it.  It is worth over $500 if
bought new, but will cost us about $5000 to discard as radioactive waste. 
We'd rather spend the money on shipping it to someone who will use it.  So,
could you ask around and ask your friends there to ask around for anyone
who uses the stuff?  Could you ask someone in your radioactive safety
office if there are big users at your institution that you may not know of?

The particulars on the tritiated water:
-Still in original sealed vials from NEN/Dupont
-Bought in 1979-80 as 2.9 Curies, so it is now about 1.5 curies.  The NEN
technical people say that the tritium decay should not affect the water
Configuration: (before decay)
4 vials,	0.5 grams each (0.5 ml)	500 mCi  	2000 mCi total
9 vials,	1.0 grams each (1 ml)	100 mCi    	900 mCi total

Anyone interested should contact me by September 1st.

Kath Mayne
Vassar College Biology Department
Poughkeepsie, NY  12601

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