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“Plutonium is Forever”, by John Hall, No Nukes, 1979

Everybody’s wondering if mankind is cursed
He’s ruining the sky and the ocean even worse
But I’ll predict the cause of his eradication from the earth
Oh, oh, oh, oh, plutonium is forever

Now oil slicks someday will disappear
We’ll stop dumping PCPs in a few years
But there is one pollutant that we should really fear Oh, oh, oh, oh, plutonium is forever

When will it go away? For our purposes never
It will be here past today Yes, plutonium is forever

Now carbon monoxide can only steal your breath
Asbestos poisoning give the workers a horrible death
The aerosol in the Concorde make sure there’s no ozone left
Oh, oh, oh, oh, plutonium is forever

Now some want the oil companies to have to face divestment
And some want the utility to be denied the rates adjustment
But now they’re all after plutonium, they think it’s such a good investment
Because oh, oh, oh, oh, plutonium is forever
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According to the US EPA:
…internal exposure to plutonium is an extremely serious health hazard. It generally stays in the body for decades, exposing organs and tissues to radiation, and increasing the risk of cancer. Plutonium is also a toxic metal, and may cause damage to the kidneys…External exposure to plutonium poses very little health risk, since plutonium isotopes emit alpha radiation, and almost no beta or gamma radiation.

Plutonium has at least 15 different isotopes, all of which are radioactive. The most common ones are Pu-238, Pu-239, and Pu-240. Pu-238 has a half-life of 87.7 years. Plutonium-239 has a half-life of 24,100, and Pu-240 has a half-life 6,560 years.http://www.epa.gov/radiation/radionuclides/plutonium.html

Plutonium 241 has a half-life of only 14 years but decays to another dangerous alpha emitter called Americium 241, which has a half-life of 432 years:
241Pu has a half-life of 14 years, corresponding to a decay of about 5% of Pu-241 nuclei over a one-year period. The longer spent nuclear fuel waits before reprocessing, the more 241Pu decays to americium-241, which is nonfissile (although fissionable by fast neutrons) and an alpha emitter with a halflife of 432 years which is a major contributor to the radioactivity of nuclear waste on a scale of hundreds or thousands of years“. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plutonium-241

A 2013 Version of Plutonium is Forever:

At this link http://youtu.be/Azo6j1JDTro you can see the names of the artists.

For those too young to know about the Concorde: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concorde