[ RadSafe ] Another scare

Chris Alston achris1999 at gmail.com
Wed Feb 20 13:59:30 CST 2019

Hi Prof Hill

I don’t doubt that your belief is true.  However, the article claims that this is U ore, not e.g., ore concentrate (“yellow cake”).  So, in principle, the progeny of U-238 are present, roughly in secular equilibrium.  If it were ore concentrate, the first two daughters (Th-234 + Pa-234) would reach equilibrium in about seven (7) months.  Now, Pa-234 decays by emitting a big beta (2.3 MeV=Emax).   So there is some opportunity for bremsstrahlung, but also a good bit of self-shielding by the contents of the “drums” (steel pails).

> On Feb 20, 2019, at 11:37 AM, Hill, Peter <p.hill at fz-juelich.de> wrote:
> Dear all,
> the article confounds alpha-rays and gamma-rays. Uranium emitts alphas, which is easily shielded as described. It is however bad to make public think that gamma-rays could be shielded by a sheet of paper.
> Kind regards
> Peter Hill
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