[ RadSafe ] Uranium buckyballs

Brennan, Mike (DOH) Mike.Brennan at DOH.WA.GOV
Thu Jun 14 17:45:29 CDT 2012

I am at this moment corresponding with the authors of the paper, and
they are in agreement that Collins is wrong.

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The UC Davis press release is, of course, more interesting and less


So it seems It's a corrosion issue, and there is some real science
behind it, but no evidence that any such items have made their way to
North America (except in the imaginations of the anti-nukes.)

Tony Harrison, MSPH
Inorganic & Radiochemistry Supervisor
Laboratory Services Division
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
8100 Lowry Blvd.
Denver, CO 80230
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tony.harrison at state.co.us<mailto:tony.harrison at state.co.us>

Date: Thu, 14 Jun 2012 09:09:15 -0700
From: "Brennan, Mike  (DOH)"
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Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] Uranium containing spherical
       particles(buckyballs??_from Fukushima
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I would be interested in seeing any evidence at all that uranium forms
bucky balls.  I believe the smallest formation uses 60 atoms, which if
made with uranium rather than carbon, would have to result in one of the
densest molecules ever discovered.  I would be interested in knowing how
such molecules were transported to America: I would be only a little
less surprised at a claim that chunks of fuel rods wafted across the

Of course, even if the uranium did make bucky balls, they would barely
be radioactive.  I don't remember what the specific activity for uranium
is on a per atom basis, but I do recall being impressed at how low it

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Dear List members

I received the following news item today.


I find it difficult to believe? that uranium containing spherical
particles released from the molten fuel in Fukushima? started appearing
in US beaches

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