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Depleted UF6 Health Risks

Potential health risks associated with depleted UF6 under alternative depleted UF6 management scenarios.

While depleted uranium itself is not a significant health hazard unless it is taken into the body, if depleted uranium hexafluoride (depleted UF6) is released to the atmosphere, the uranium compounds and hydrogen fluoride (HF) gas that are formed by reaction with moisture in the air can be chemically toxic.

In addition to the radiological and chemical health risks associated with depleted UF6, there are also risks of industrial accidents and transportation-related accidents during handling, storage, or transport of depleted UF6.

Health and safety risks were evaluated for each depleted UF6 management alternative considered in the Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS).

Follow the links to more information about potential health risks associated with depleted UF6 under alternative depleted UF6 management scenarios.




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