Surely it is now time for the UK Government to publish some quantitative estimates of the actual amount of Polonium 210 radionucleide involved in the Alexander Litvinenko murder ?
How many bequerels, (or curies), sieverts, grays or any other actual measures of radioactivity are involved ?
It is understandable that in the early hours and days after the incident was discovered, that such figures were not yet available, but what is the excuse for not doing so now, after the funeral of Alexander Litvinenko ?
Surely an upper limit of the actual amount of Polonium-210 involved can be estimated by now, over a month after the authorities got involved in the case ?
Is Polonium-210 the only radionucleide involved, apart from its transformation products ?
The Government have published information for health professionals about the Polonium-210 radiological incident and they have even granted themselves a legal exemption via Statutory Instrument 2006 No. 3169, The Radioactive Substances (Emergency Exemption) (England and Wales) Order 2006, specifically mentioning Alexander Litvinenko:
Exemption from authorisation
2. —(1) Radioactive waste relating to the death of Alexander Litvinenko is excluded from the provisions of sections 13 and 14 of the Radioactive Substances Act 1993.
(2) All other provisions of that Act apply to any person who disposes of or accumulates radioactive waste covered by this Order as they apply to persons holding an authorisation under those sections.
The UK Government have not damped down the "dirty bomb" and radioactive panic and speculation in the mainstream media, by giving out any actual figures. Surely the public should be trusted to make their own risk assessments of the potential danger posed by the incident, based on the facts ?
It is not good enough for the Health Protection Agency press releases to claim that the risk is low, which it probably is, on the one hand, whilst an ever widening circle of people, physical locations, aeroplanes etc. are checked for radioactivity by people wearing Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear protective suits (with echoes of the botched Forest Gate anti-terrorist raid), and tens of thousands of people have been urged to contact the medical authorities.
Is this all simply precautionary principle political and bureaucratic backside covering, or is there still a real threat to public health ?
Is this part of the ongoing NuLabour "Climate of Fear" propaganda, to help force through even more repressive anti-terrorism legislation, or is there also an element of astroturfski foreign plots and disinformation ?