« on: 18/09/2018 19:53:47 »
My hypothesis is that, as the background radiation there is mostly alpha, it may be comparable with the UK childhood leukemia clusters reported in the 1980s which were uniquely associated with those sites handling bare plutoniumSpoiler alert; they weren't.
How many people have been killed or made seriously ill in the uranium/pitchblende mining industries around the world?Good question.
This report suggests that the excess risk from being a uranium miner (compared to a miner of a different mineral like coal) is about a factor of two.
However, because uranium carries a lot more energy than coal you don't need anything like as many miners for the same energy .
So the same amount of energy mined as coal would kill more people.
In short, using uranium saves miners' lives.
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