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Boy Scouts selling beryllium rings
January 12, 2001
Boy Scouts of America
Dear Sir/Ms. :
I am appalled to find that the BSA is offering the rings below which contain beryllium.
I am a victim of Chronic Beryllium Disease as a result of my work at the Oak Ridge Y-12 Nuclear Weapons plant.
CBD is a treatable, but incurable disease affecting primarily the lungs. This disease is the single most serious health problem resulting from the nation's nuclear weapons program, according to Dr. Lee Newman of National Jewish Hospital in Denver, a world-class expert on the disease.
The disease can be contracted by minute quantities, at levels below the established limits. If the rings were ground, filed, or otherwise abraded, allowing particles to become airborne, sensitization and or disease could result. Taking such a ring to a jeweler for resizing would have the same result, should the jeweler not know of the ring's composition, and how to protect himself.
I urge you to forward this information to the National Council Headquarters, and use the information links below to educate yourselves of the potential dangers to which you may be subjecting the children.
I would be very much interested in the supplier of these rings. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.
[Boy Scout Catalog, click 'Eagle/NESA/OA,' 'Eagle Scout Items,' 'Academy-style ring']
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