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Well, yes and no. The chemical toxicity may be a problem, but the radiation is not. Low-intensity radiation damage takes the form of elevated risks of cancer and birth defects. In humans this is a severe increase in mortality and morbidity, at least in industrial societies. For most animal species, it's not even a rounding error.

Chemical pollution, over-exploitation, habitat destruction, and even the inevitable risks the animal faces in its natural environment - from predators, exposure, inability to obtain sufficient nourishment, and so on - all kill orders of magnitude more animals just as dead as any radiation damage.

- Jake

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by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Mon Mar 14th, 2011 at 08:39:02 AM EST
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