NORM, The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM) is, at best, not well understood. NORM is a byproduct of many oil and gas type refining processes. NORM can be found/identified when producing propane, natural gas, crude oil, propylene, and polypropylene, just to name a few. Some facilities maintain good, best management processes, which help to limit NORM exposure, cross-contamination, and dissemination, whereas others do not maintain these processes. Often workers do not understand the risk associated with the NORM containing products.
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