Radioactive Pollution

By: Susan Harris - Staff Writer
Published: Apr 26, 2021

Radioactive Pollution. The release of radioactive substances is a form of pollution into the air and water by design. These are high-energy particles that are considered waste by accient or by design.

Radioactive Pollution

The sources of such waste include:

1. Nuclear weapon testing or detonation.

2. The nuclear fuel cycle, including the mining, separation, and production of nuclear materials for use in nuclear power plants or nuclear bombs.

3. Accidental release of radioactive material from nuclear power plants.

In fact, sometimes natural sources of radioactivity, such as radon gas emitted from beneath the ground, are considered pollutants when they become a threat to human health.

The exposure can have serious (and cumulative) biological consequences. Most radioactive wastes remain toxic for centuries. It is a serious environmental concern even though natural power sources far exceed artificial ones at present.

The problem is compounded by the difficulty in assessing its effects. Radioactive waste may spread over a broad area quite rapidly and irregularly (from an abandoned dump into an aquifer, for example), and may not fully show its effects upon humans and organisms for decades. It is responsible for a form of cancer and other chronic diseases.


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