Sunday, June 13, 2010

Uranium- A By-product of Deep Drilling

Radon Gas Properties
The properties of radon gas are as follows
•Radon is an inert gas with the chemical symbol 'Rn' and its atomic mass unit is 222 and atomic number 86.
•Radon is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas, making it extremely difficult to detect.
•Radon is part of the uranium decay chain, wherein uranium decay results in the formation of radium, the predecessor of Radon.
•The half-life of radon is 3.8 days. Half-life is the time required for a radioactive substance to decrease by half of its original amount.
Radon Poisoning Signs
Since Radon is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas it is extremely difficult to detect the Radon poisoning signs. Just like the radiation poisoning symptoms, radon poisoning signs are also toxic to humans. Extensive research carried out by medical experts and reports by WHO suggest that Radon exposure in homes increases the chances of lung cancer. Approximately 4% to15% of the lung cancer cases have been directly or indirectly linked to Radon poisoning. Radon poisoning in children is rather limited, however, the ill-effects of radon poisoning in children can't be completely denied. Studies have shown that children are more susceptible to radon poisoning due to the less developed immune system and differences in breathing patterns than adults. Indoor Radon poisoning in children poses the biggest threat to the children as they spend nearly 70% of their time at home. Radon poisoning in children and elderly, disrupts the functioning of DNA and causes lung cancer in later stages of life. So, even small concentrations of Radon exposure for long periods can increase the risk of lung cancer. Read more on radon gas poisoning symptoms.

Why Isn't anybody talking about the URANIUM mining that occurs as a by-product of shale fracturing and purging?

The following unregulated wells were tested by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Navajo Nation EPA (NN EPA), or the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and found to contain unsafe levels of Uranium
People should not drink water from these wells

Addressing Uranium Contamination
in the Navajo Nation Contaminated Water Sources

Contaminated Water Sources Comprensive List (PDF) (1 pg, 57K)EPA is working with the Navajo Nation, federal agencies, and community organizations to ensure that Navajo families do not drink water that is contaminated with uranium or other heavy metals. All regulated water sources on the reservation are regularly tested and meet the drinking water standards.

Navajo Nation EPA estimates that up to 30% of its population is not served by a public water system. This represents approximately 54,000 people. These residents either haul water from unregulated sources, such as livestock wells, springs, or private wells, or from regulated watering points. The number of unregulated water sources is not known, but is estimated to be in the low thousands.