[ RadSafe ] Concerning Rizzini's claim of one ug U-238
PHILIP.KARAM at nypd.org
Mon Oct 28 14:50:09 CDT 2013
Technically correct- but we have to then ask what the odds are. There's also a finite chance that somebody will be killed by a meteorite, but there aren't very many meteor-related deaths on record.
When you get to a vanishingly small risk - one that's too small to "see" and that can only be calculated - then you have to wonder if we're engaged in science (making predictions that can be tested and falsified if incorrect) or philosophy.
From: radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu [mailto:radsafe-bounces at health.phys.iit.edu] On Behalf Of Clayton J Bradt
Sent: Monday, October 28, 2013 3:37 PM
To: radsafe at health.phys.iit.edu
Subject: Re: [ RadSafe ] Concerning Rizzini's claim of one ug U-238
My previous post should read "BEIR committee", not "NRCP".
If, as according to the NCRP BEIR committee, a single alpha particle is
sufficient to initiate cancer, then certainly one microgram of U238 could
do the trick.
Clayton J. Bradt
NYS Dept. of Health
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