|Date:||25 Jan 2002 20:31:29 -0000|
|Subject:||Re: [CPEO-MEF] DU munitions|
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Lenny: I often don't disagree with you, but I would not want to speculate that "qualitatively" a dirty nuke made of DU is comparable to the release of TCE from your average industrial or military facility. I am not a health physicist, but one would have to know particle size, particle energy, oxidation state and a range of other variables to assess the harm of a dirty nuke. We should assume that if this type of weapon were to be used, those responsible would attempt to make maximum impact, probably by detonation in a high population density area. Also, it is my understanding that DU is also a gamma emitter, albeit not a very strong one. Its also important to point out that almost the entire scientific community is in agreement that that there is no safe level of radiation exposure. A radioactive particle deposited in the lung can effect many cells. One cell gone awry can start uncontrolled cellular growth causing cancer. Peter
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