By: Claire Stoudemire

Radiation and Its Effects

Radiation is a very dangerous type of water pollutant from the radioactive category. Several sources of radiation are from radon, cosmic radiation, and man-made radiation. It has both Stochastic and Nonstochastic health effects. Some possible effects include cancer, mutations, radiation sickness, and burns. It also hurts the environment by causing mutations to animal and plant DNA. The effects of radiation are long lasting, as its half-life can range anywhere from 1 to 47 billion years. The treatment of radiation waste can't be done through chemical or biological processes; this makes it very difficult to treat radiation.