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mail irradation
    #440539 - 10/29/01 12:45 PM (14 years, 11 months ago)

Does anyone know where things are at in this process officially? a foaf doesnt want to order prints if there goign to be usless by the time they get home , any help and info would be app. thx 4 your time.

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RE: Starts November: Mail Irradation [Re: XxMuSHRooMHeaDxX]
    #440571 - 10/29/01 01:32 PM (14 years, 11 months ago)

I think your friend can order the spores. I think this business are safe now (the first 8 machines will arrive only on November), but in the future, who knows.
Attached is a trascript from USATODAY:

10/29/2001 - Updated 01:25 PM ET

Coming soon: Irradiated mail

By Anita Manning, USA TODAY

The U.S. Postal Service will soon begin irradiating mail to reduce the threat from letters laced with anthrax, which has killed a Florida man and two Washington, D.C., postal workers. Irradiation systems that use high-voltage electron beams to kill bacteria have been ordered from Titan Corp. of San Diego. The first eight will be delivered in early November at a cost of $40 million, Titan CEO Gene Ray said. There is an option for the Postal Service to purchase 12 more.The Postal Service says the Washington, D.C., metro area will be among the first to receive the equipment. Washington's Brentwood postal facility has become the focus of an anthrax outbreak that was discovered Oct. 15, when a contaminated letter was opened in the office of Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle. Since then, traces of anthrax have been found in post offices and office buildings throughout the area.

The irradiation systems being purchased by the Postal Service are made by SureBeam, a Titan subsidiary. They have been used since 1993 to sterilize medical equipment and, for the past 18 months, to kill disease-causing microbes in meat, poultry, fruits and vegetables. They fire beams of electrons at nearly the speed of light to break up the DNA of bacteria. The electrons can penetrate packaging that's several inches thick in seconds. The company says it irradiates 40,000 pounds of hamburger in 90 minutes.
Whether zapping burgers or bills, it's all the same technology, SureBeam CEO Larry Oberkfell says. To the electron beam, anthrax is "just another bacteria. Basically, what we're doing is sterilizing paper, same as with medical equipment."

The equipment will be integrated into existing postal facilities, he says.

The process has been shown to be effective against anthrax, along with harmful food contaminants such as salmonella and E. coli, Ray says. "We haven't tested it in the mail per se, but we've tested it" against anthrax, he says.

To kill hardy anthrax spores will require about 10 times as much radiation as needed to sterilize a hamburger patty, he says.

That worries critics, who fear unforeseen fallout from widespread use of irradiation equipment at postal facilities.

The consumer group Public Citizen raised concerns last week about "extremely high doses of radiation" required to kill spores and their potential to "chemically alter food sent through the mail." The group also cited the danger to live bees and other creatures that can be legally sent through mail, and the effect on electronic equipment.

Oberkfell says such products are already sorted out from regular mail and would not be subject to irradiation.

Nevertheless, Public Citizen's Winonah Hauter says the decision to irradiate mail was made hastily and without public discussion.

"Our feeling is this is being rushed too quickly, without examining all the costs down the road," Hauter says. "There are a lot of worker-safety issues that will have to be addressed. We don't want people jumping from the frying pan to the fire."

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Re: RE: Starts November: Mail Irradation [Re: Teiro]
    #440612 - 10/29/01 02:04 PM (14 years, 11 months ago)

Man wouldn't one of those machines be nice for sterlizing substrate???

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Re: RE: Starts November: Mail Irradation [Re: GMFunk420]
    #440833 - 10/29/01 05:11 PM (14 years, 11 months ago)

Radiated mushrooms would be wicked. That would trip you the fuck out, and you would really melt. Not just think you were.

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