ILLINOIS RADIATION LEAK — Uranium Hexafluoride Gas leak from Metropolis, IL


Published on Oct 27, 2014 by dutchsinse

They’re saying that they’ve sprayed the UF6 in the towers with steam to clean it out of the air… well.. that’s just great!

From the .gov/edu link on UF6:

quote: “When UF6 comes into contact with water, such as water vapor in the air, the UF6 and water react, forming corrosive hydrogen fluoride (HF) and a uranium-fluoride compound called uranyl fluoride (UO2F2).”

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Full website post here: Original story, and more information on Uranium Hexafluoride

http://dutchsinse.com/10272014-uraniu…

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http://web.ead.anl.gov/uranium/guide/…

“Uranium hexafluoride is a chemical compound consisting of one atom of uranium combined with six atoms of fluorine. It is the chemical form of uranium that is used during the uranium enrichment process. Within a reasonable range of temperature and pressure, it can be a solid, liquid, or gas. Solid UF6 is a white, dense, crystalline material that resembles rock salt.
UF6 crystals in a glass vial image
UF6 crystals in a glass vial.

Uranium hexafluoride does not react with oxygen, nitrogen, carbon dioxide, or dry air, but it does react with water or water vapor. For this reason, UF6 is always handled in leak tight containers and processing equipment. When UF6 comes into contact with water, such as water vapor in the air, the UF6 and water react, forming corrosive hydrogen fluoride (HF) and a uranium-fluoride compound called uranyl fluoride (UO2F2).”

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9 thoughts on “ILLINOIS RADIATION LEAK — Uranium Hexafluoride Gas leak from Metropolis, IL

      1. Hey Mark, you ever take I-94 to Minnesota from Chicago? If so, you would be traveling through my neck of the woods.

          1. Let me know when and we could do lunch! Eau Claire or Menomonie would be doable for me. Henry has my phone number and permission to provide it to you.

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