U-238 (the type of uranium that's called DU) is radioactive. In fact, every element from Bismuth on is radioactive. The kicker, though, is that U-238 has a half-life of 4.468 billion years, so the actual amount of radiation released even within a human lifetime is negligible. You'll get more radiation eating bananas (K-40) or Brazil nuts (radium).
Walk through the radiation detectors at a nuclear power plant with a pocket full of Brazil nuts will likely set off the radiation leak alarm.
It's just one of the potential
factors contributing to the high(er) cancer rates of troops coming out both Gulf Wars, there's so many different factors contributing to cancer that it surely doesn't help in slightest, and whilst not entirely likely the cause, possible none-the-less. Regardless, the enhanced cancer rates in the populace who've experienced it first hand is also fairly troubling concerning the matter.
Boogie Van wrote:
tungsten is comparatively less ideal to DU to anyone actually insane enough to touch something radioactive. I have moral problems against it's use
You do realize that it is D
ranium aka not radioactive YOU BE DERPING
There is, aside from that, the fact that the majority of the products involved in nuclear power are more for weaponizing than peace purposes, the moral part of it is where I actually have the issue, the other part was just a joke.