[ RadSafe ] is uranyl oxide gas the greatest threat from the actinides?

Otto G. Raabe ograabe at ucdavis.edu
Sun Oct 16 16:20:16 CDT 2005

At 12:05 PM 10/15/2005, James Salsman wrote:
>Is there any risk from nuclear power or any other use of the
>actinide elements which exceeds that of exposure to uranyl oxide
>gas UO3(g)?
According to the Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, uranyl oxide is an 
insoluble yellow red powder that never exists as a gas since it decomposes 
on heating before it reaches its melting point.

Uranium compounds are not a major problem in the nuclear industry since 
they are not very toxic.


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