It is an integral part of modern life, and the majority of the world’s uranium glass is still manufactured in China.
But with the world facing increasing concerns over the contamination of the environment, uranium glass has been a hot topic in the US.
Read moreThe US Geological Survey estimates that uranium glass in the world is estimated to contain about 30% uranium oxide, which could be hazardous to the environment and humans.
In a press conference, US Geological survey’s Dr. Michael C. Kowalczyk, said that there was no safe level of uranium oxide for uranium glass and that any material with high levels of uranium could potentially pose a health risk to humans.
He said that in the event of an explosion, the uranium glass could act as a catalyst for a chemical reaction, causing a release of carbon dioxide and other pollutants.
Dr Kowalski said that when he was working on a project in New Mexico, he saw a couple of people that had broken a window pane in the window.
“I started to get really worried because the glass was completely shattered, there was glass everywhere, and it was almost a complete hole,” he said.
“We decided to make a couple extra windows and then take the glass off, and we could have had a whole lot more windows to repair, because the windows are so fragile.”
In the past decade, there has been more attention paid to the health effects of uranium glass.
In November 2015, US Senator Joni Ernst released a report detailing the risks of uranium mining in her state, where the mines have been found to be contaminating the water, air and soil.
She said that uranium mining has contaminated drinking water, contaminated soil, contaminated drinking air and polluted the environment.
She also noted that uranium mine workers have tested positive for radiation.
“The uranium mine in New York state is the biggest source of radioactivity in the state,” Ernst said.
“It’s a huge source of contamination.”
She called for a halt to uranium mining and the closure of the uranium mines in New England and Wyoming.
“For decades, this industry has polluted our rivers and our air and our soil, and yet we continue to mine uranium,” she said.
Dr. Krowalski agreed that there is no way to guarantee that uranium dust and contamination would never be found.
“At some point, the contamination will happen, but if you don’t do anything, it will,” he told ABC News.
“If we can stop uranium mining today, it’s very unlikely that it will be found and it will lead to a lot more health problems for us, for our communities and for our children.”
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