posted on Apr, 18 2003 @ 10:44 PM
Why thank you Toltec.
I do take my job seriously, and since my job is to protect the health and safety of those who may be working in my project area, I have to be
I agree, even with DU, incidental exposure, or casual exposure is unlikely to prove harmful. However, if exposed on a regular basis, in which
particles are airborn, it is a true threat to health and safety. The radiation is essentially a non-issue with DU as far as I am concerned: I am much
more concerned with the exposure and bodily absorbtion of particles that will lead to cumulative buildup in the body eventually resulting in heavy
I will certainly grant you that there are a good number of environmental myths foisted upon the people. Probably the greatest one is asbestos. Only
chrysitille asbestos is toxic, and even then, the only cases diffinitively linked to cancer are from asbestos mines and processing facilities, where
large doses of asbestos were inhaled on a daily basis for years. The most commonly encountered form of asbestos in residential structures is in siding
called "transite". My department considers it a concern, simply because of the *percieved* liability in case someone alledges that they were
exposed. In reality, all the asbestos fibers are locked up in solid plates, and unless you were to file it down with a belt sander and concentrate an
inhale the dust, it cant hurt you.
Same thing with lead: I kind of laugh at lead based paint. If someone is brain dead enough to eat paint chips, they wont last in this world for long
anyway. In lead impacted soils, lead is very heavy (DU is much heavier), and just walking in the area is not a problem. However, if you start serious
excavations, working where you get this soil all over you, get it airborn and start inhaling it, then it can become a concern. At the very least, if
you start excavation and dig up large amounts of lead impacted soils and have to get rid of it, what do you do with it? Do you go reuse it on another
project, and essentially contaminate what would otherwise be a clean site?