Re: NANFA-- shipping problems

James B. Ladonski (
Thu, 27 Dec 2001 10:38:19 -0600

The museum community has been concerned about the post office's radiation
plans since they were first proposed, especially with respect to shipping
tissue samples for DNA analysis. The following link summarizes the USPS
plans as of December 3. As I understand it, the only items being treated
are letters and flats going to the 202xx - 205xx zip codes around
Washington DC (these are government office zip codes). If I am wrong about
this, please correct me. Perhaps the important part, from the standpoint
of shipping live fish, is that only letters and flats are being treated,
not parcels (boxes). Also, UPS (the brown trucks, not USPS) and FedEx are
not irradiating their shipments, but I don't know how they are about
shipping live fish.

James B. Ladonski
Collection Assistant
Division of Amphibians and Reptiles
Field Museum of Natural History
1400 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60605-2496 USA
Phone: 312.665.7722
Fax: 312.665.7697

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