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iradiatrion is real now!
    #439869 - 10/28/01 11:46 PM (16 years, 11 months ago)

msnbc just said US has started irradiating mail so my question is will anyone be affected or is there away around it which I dont think is possible because suspicious packages will be searched. Any vendors know a way around this?

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Re: iradiatrion is real now! [Re: durban_poison]
    #440636 - 10/29/01 02:20 PM (16 years, 11 months ago)

lead bags that film is sent in

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Re: iradiatrion is real now! [Re: durban_poison]
    #440816 - 10/29/01 04:56 PM (16 years, 11 months ago)

Ok, I"ve been doing some reading on various websites about this. There is a lot of info on www.msnbc.com about this. The USPS did just buy 8 machines and is implementing them in the greater Washington metropolitan area.
Now realize this, not all mail is going to be sanatized. It looks like goverment officials mail of course and eventually ppl who request it. There will be a price you will have to pay to have your mail irradiated.

Here a are few snips I found on this subject
"The cost of sterilizing the mail would be
as cheap as 1 cent per letter, he said. Williams
didn't speculate on the total cost of irradiating all
U.S. mail, but assuming 682 million letters a day,
that would compute to about $6.8 million a day, or
about $2.5 billion a year. "

So at that cost, there is no way the government is going to automatically irradiate all mail.
Another snip it talks about its going to be offered as a service for those who wish to have their mail santatized.

A few more snips "Ellis estimated it would cost an additional 30
cents to irradiate a typical letter using gamma

"If you had enough facilities (for irradiating mail),
you could place them around the country," he said.

He said he believed that irradiated mail first
would be done as a limited, value-added service
such as overnight delivery.

Customers would pay a premium to have the mail
they send irradiated and guaranteed as being free
of any dangerous bacteria.

One concern that still needs to be addressed,
industry officials concede: What happens to food,
and even film, that would be irradiated by the
Postal Service?

"There's no doubt it would expose film," Williams

In addition, he pointed out that there are different
standards for the amount of radiation
recommended for various types of food. The level
needed to sanitize mail might exceed U.S.
standards for some foods.

There are to many companies out there mailing products that can not have their mail irradiated. Obviously the government and postal officials must have thought of this to avoid billions of dollars in lawsuits just to protect the average citizen.


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Re: iradiatrion is real now! [Re: durban_poison]
    #445009 - 11/02/01 07:14 PM (16 years, 11 months ago)

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Re: iradiatrion is real now! [Re: psilocyber]
    #445096 - 11/02/01 08:43 PM (16 years, 11 months ago)

Yeah, harmful side effects like dead spores. And since spore vending it totally legal, i'm sure venders would have a lawsuit on their hands as well, that is if all mail became radiated

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Re: iradiatrion is real now! [Re: MeltingPenguin]
    #445157 - 11/02/01 09:52 PM (16 years, 11 months ago)

Crap. I live in the greater metropolitan area. Whelp, I'd better learn to make non contaminated spore prints pretty quickly.

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Re: iradiatrion is real now! [Re: Cub]
    #445199 - 11/02/01 10:47 PM (16 years, 11 months ago)

I'm gonna sue the US government, they don't stand a chance!


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