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  • atomic
  • The Globe and Mail reports 'A British nuclear-reprocessing plant [at Sellafield] cannot account for nearly 30 kilograms of plutonium , but authorities believe it is an accounting issue rather than a loss of potential bomb-making material, the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority said. (slashdot.org)
  • exposure
  • As of 2003, there has yet to be a single human death officially attributed to plutonium exposure. (slashdot.org)
  • Plutonium can be a serious health hazard if inhaled or ingested , but external exposure poses little health risk, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. (wordpress.com)
  • Laboratory studies with experimental animals have shown that exposure to high levels of plutonium can cause decreased life spans, diseases of the respiratory tract, and cancer. (wordpress.com)
  • soil
  • Average plutonium levels in surface soil from fallout range from about 0.01 to 0.1 picocurie per gram (pCi/g). (wordpress.com)
  • ingestion
  • Little plutonium (about 0.05%) is absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract after ingestion, and little is absorbed through the skin following dermal contact. (wordpress.com)
  • The ingestion hazard associated with common forms of plutonium is much lower than the inhalation hazard because absorption into the body after ingestion is quite low. (wordpress.com)
  • bone
  • Plutonium in the skeleton deposits on the cortical and trabecular surfaces of bones and slowly redistributes throughout the volume of mineral bone with time. (wordpress.com)