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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Uranium and Information--A Public Marriage

Today I have been digging for nonpartisan information on Uranium. This afternoon I've pretty much given up on the idea of objective sources. Below though is a fairly non-geeky informative post from the EPA's website. Clicking on the link will get you a quick read on all the basic facts not just the paragraph I selected. If you want to get to know your new heavy metal neighbor and be informed during the upcoming election cycle on just what bed your local politicians have made for you, regardless of being yea or nay, this might be a good place for the general public to start.

EPA - Uranium - Information Home (EPA's Radiation Protection Program: Information)
What can I do to protect myself and my family from uranium?

Most people are not exposed to dangerous levels of uranium. However, people who live near uranium mining areas, or near government weapons facilities or certain industrial facilities may have increased exposure to uranium, especially if their water is from a private well. Analytical laboratories can test water for uranium content. Occasionally, household wares may be found with uranium in them, such as some older ceramic dishes or plates in which uranium was used in the glaze. These generally do not pose serious health risks, but may nevertheless be retired from use as a prudent avoidance measure. A radiation counter is required to confirm if ceramics contain uranium.

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