[ RadSafe ] Total amount of plutonium dispersed in atomic bomb explosions etc

Bjorn Cedervall bcradsafers at hotmail.com
Thu Mar 19 12:41:54 CDT 2009

I like that sperm consideration - a question of exposure

relevance that non-scientists should be able to understand.

I fact, I will use it tomorrow when I give a talk to

mostly non-scientists (Title: "Radiation - myths and

facts") - this talk is just a coincidence in time and has

nothing to do with me posting the original Pu question.


Thanks for all responses I have seen this far,


Bjorn Cedervall


> At one point I heard somebody say that we (all of 
> us) urinate 1,000,000 atoms of Pu per day from 
> fallout. I thought that was interesting, and did 
> some quick calculations based on body burdens of 
> Pu from cadavers from various parts of the U.S. 
> and calculated the number to be closer to 
> 3,000,000. I did not do any sophisticated or 
> complex modeling or calculations, and there are 
> multiple factors that could change the actual 
> value, but I felt comfortable with a million.
> As far as what CAN happen, keep in mind that one 
> ejaculation can populate the entire world, it's a matter of delivery...
> Brian Rees

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