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Subject: Radioactive contamination of records

Radioactive contamination of records

From: M. Susan Barger <barger>
Date: Saturday, November 20, 1993
Re: Wolthytypes

The amount of uranium in Wolthytypes is minuscule.  However, if someone
is worried about it, you could measure the radioactivity by using an
alpha or gamma counter (a Geiger counter).  Remember that largest
non-ordnance use of depleted Uranium is to make radiation shields.  If
someone is in a limestone building or living at high altitudes, they are
probably receiving larger doses of natural radiation than they would
ever get from even a vast collection of Wolthytypes.  It should not be
an issue, except one for idle curiosity.  The radioactivity of uranium
compounds will depend on the oxidation state, but it is not as
radioactive in most states as hysteria might lead you to believe.

Susan Barger

                  Conservation DistList Instance 7:41
                Distributed: Thursday, November 25, 1993
                        Message Id: cdl-7-41-002
Received on Saturday, 20 November, 1993

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