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Precisely: get a grain of plutonium in your lungs and you're FUBAR.

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by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Oct 18th, 2005 at 07:38:22 AM EST
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But groundwater does not spit up particles of plutonium.
Some people were exposed to plutonium particulates under old, lax standards (lack of standards?):
Twenty-six white male workers who did the original plutonium research and development work at Los Alamos have been examined periodically over the past 50 y to identify possible health effects from internal plutonium depositions. Their effective doses range from 0.1 to 7.2 Sv with a median value of 1.25 Sv. As of the end of 1994, 7 individuals have died compared with an expected 16 deaths based on mortality rates of U.S. white males in the general population. The standardized mortality ratio (SMR) is 0.43.
Fifty years of plutonium exposure to the Manhattan Project plutonium workers: an update.

Being based on small numbers, these statistics are weak. They do not establish that plutonium deposits in the body are actually good for you.

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by technopolitical on Wed Oct 19th, 2005 at 06:07:10 PM EST
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