Uninformed Fear of Uranium Is Far More Dangerous Than Uranium Itself

On Monday, The Delaware County Certified Hazardous Materials Response Team received a call that a peculiar package had arrived at a local halfway house. Local police confirmed that a resident there had ordered two grams of powdered uranium through the mail.

The uranium was medical-grade, cost $12, and was entirely legal.

So why did police, emergency services, and even the FBI (which was also notified of the shipment) need to get involved? The answer is, they didn’t.