By James Olson
A concise review of crucial ideas in scientific pharmacology, with drug comparisons in transparent chart layout. first-class Board evaluation. Fourth version.
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EPA also has established a standard for uranium mill tailings. 2 mg/m3 (130 pCi/m3). 09 µg/m3) of air and 300 pCi/liter (450 µg/liter) of water. NRC and OSHA expect that the public will normally be exposed to much lower concentrations. For more information about recommendations the federal government has made to protect your health, see Chapter 7. URANIUM 1. 10 WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION? If you have any more questions or concerns, please contact your community or state health or environmental quality department or Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry Division of Toxicology 1600 Clifton Road NE, Mailstop E-29 Atlanta, GA 30333 * Information line and technical assistance Phone: 1-888-42-ATSDR (1-888-422-8737) Fax: (404) 639-6315 or 6324 ATSDR can also tell you the location of occupational and environmental health clinics.
The most toxicologically important of the 22 currently recognized uranium isotopes are anthropogenic uranium-232 (232U) and uranium-233 (233U) and naturally occurring uranium-234 (234U), uranium-235 (235U), and uranium-238 (238U). When an atom of any of these five isotopes decays, it emits an alpha particle (the nucleus of a helium atom) and transforms into a radioactive isotope of another element. The process continues through a series of radionuclides until reaching a stable, non-radioactive isotope of lead.
In this profile, there is little, or equivocal, specific information regarding the influence of radiation from uranium on certain biological effect end points in humans, such as reproductive, developmental, or carcinogenic effects. There is evidence, however, from the large body of literature concerning radioactive substances that alpha radiation can affect these processes in humans (see Appendix D for additional information on the biological effects of radiation). However, because the specific activities of natural and depleted uranium are low, no radiological health hazard is expected from exposure to natural and depleted uranium.