Date: 07 Dec 98 23:19:14 From: email@example.com (John Wright) Organization: Janet, me and our cats in our little cottage References: 1 2
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On 30 Nov 98 03:07:35 , in <airliners.1998.1795@ohare.Chicago.COM>, HatCat wrote: >Uranium does get used as a ballast weight and the 747 does use them. I >don't know if that's standard on all makes and models but, in any case, >the uranium used is "depleted uranium" which is not usually radioactive >above measurable normal background levels. If it retains residual >radioactivity, it would be of a very, very, low order. Running rapidly off topic, but you would be surprised at how much radiation comes off a piece of depleted uranium. I have one in my cupboard at work, and I can see about 50 uSv/hr gamma rays on the surface. Not exactly background. >I wonder how many people exhibited symptoms before the word "uranium" >got used in the media? Not that I think they had malicious intent, just >that many people start imagining all sorts of ailments if a handy cause >seems at hand. That's another matter, and one that is very plausible. -- John Wright "There's spam egg sausage and spam, that's not got _much_ spam in it." "I don't want *any* spam..."