[ RadSafe ] Fwd: OFFICIAL CALIFORNIA BILL INFORMATION
franz.schoenhofer at gmail.com
Fri Aug 25 04:47:03 CDT 2006
The name of the Californian governor reads "Schwarzenegger" and not
This "Senate Bill" is once again a proof that politics and science obviously
have no connection. This bill falls under the category of politics and
"public opinion". It is the right of politicians not to listen to
But Sec. 2, b is a slap into the face of scientists. Or does it reflect
latest unpublished secret research? DU has according to this part of the
bill a distinct half-life - so it must be a very special new isotope of
uranium(?), until now unknown. The kidney damage is to my knowledge caused
by the toxic properties of the metal uranium and not by the particles (to my
knowledge helium-4 nuclei and electrons emitted from DU). The bill should
explain, how helium-4 nuclei and electrons can be inhaled or ingested. Are
they served in restaurants in soups, fried, grilled, boiled, ready for
What to think of a bill, which does not consider even the most basic
scientific background? (Rhetoric question.)
2006/8/24, Otto Raabe <ograabe at ucdavis.edu>:
> At 09:23 AM 8/24/2006, roger helbig wrote:
> >California DU bill passed - will become law if Gov
> >Schwartzenegger signs.
> AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY AUGUST 7, 2006
> AMENDED IN SENATE APRIL 17, 2006
> SENATE BILL No. 1720
> Introduced by Senator Chesbro
> February 24, 2006
> An act to add Section 399 to the Military and Veterans Code,
> relating to uranium screening.
> LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL's DIGEST:
> SB 1720, as amended, Chesbro. Armed Forces: uranium screening.
> Existing law provides for certain rights and privileges for active
> members of the Armed Force, reservists, and veterans of the Armed
> Forces, including members of the California National Guard.
> This bill would require the Secretary of
> the California Department of Veterans Affairs, or his or her
> designees, to assist an eligible member, as defined, or veteran in
> obtaining a best practice health screening for exposure to depleted
> uranium, as described. A member or veteran would be eligible to
> receive the assistance when he or she returns to this state after service
> in specified combat zones if he or she has been assigned a risk level I,
> II, or III for depleted uranium exposure, has been referred by a
> military physician, or has reason to believe that he or she was exposed
> to depleted uranium during their service. This bill would require the
> Secretary of the California Department of Veterans Affairs,
> or his or her designees, to develop a plan for outreach to eligible
> The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
> SECTION 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the
> Veterans Health and Safety Act of 2006.
> SEC. 2. The Legislature finds and declares all of the
> (a) Depleted uranium is a chemically toxic, radioactive heavy
> metal that is created as waste during nuclear fuel and weapons
> (b) Depleted uranium, which has a radioactive half-life of four
> and one-half billion years, emits radioactive particles that may
> cause kidney and lung damage, may cause cancer when inhaled
> or ingested, and may cause genetic mutations that are carried to
> future generations.
> (c) Depleted uranium munitions and armor have been used
> extensively by the United States Armed Forces since the 1991
> Gulf War. Veterans living in California who served in combat
> theaters in the first Gulf War, and veterans who served after the
> first Gulf War, may have been exposed to depleted uranium in
> unknown doses with unknown consequences to their health.
> (d) The purpose of this act is to safeguard the health of
> California's veterans by assisting them in obtaining federal
> treatment services, including best practice health screening tests
> capable of detecting low levels of depleted uranium.
> SEC. 3. Section 399 is added to the Military and Veterans
> Code, to read:
> 399. (a) (1) The Secretary of the
> California Department of Veterans Affairs, or his or her
> designees, shall assist any eligible member or veteran who
> returns or has returned to this state in obtaining a best practice
> members and veterans, as described, regarding
> depleted uranium.
> This bill also makes findings regarding the health risks of
> exposure to
> depleted uranium and the purpose of the bill to assist California's
> veterans in obtaining federal treatment services to detect exposure to
> depleted uranium.health screening test for exposure to depleted uranium.
> screening should consist of a bioassay procedure capable of
> detecting depleted uranium at low levels and discriminating
> between different uranium isotopes. State funds shall not be used
> to pay for the tests or any other federal treatment services.
> (2) The eligible member or veteran must return or have
> returned to this state after service in an area where depleted
> uranium was used or that was designated as a combat zone by the
> President of the United States after 1990. The eligible member or
> veteran shall either be assigned a risk level I, II, or III for
> depleted uranium exposure by his or her branch of service, be
> referred by a military physician, or have reason to believe that he
> or she was exposed to depleted uranium during his or her service.
> (b) (1) In order to effectively provide the assistance required
> by subdivision (a), the Secretary of the
> California Department of Veterans Affairs, or their his or her
> designees, shall develop and implement a plan for outreach to
> eligible members and veterans who have returned from combat
> areas where depleted uranium was used.
> (2) The outreach plan shall provide information to eligible
> members and veterans concerning their potential exposure to
> depleted uranium, the possible hazards associated with exposure,
> and the right to federal depleted uranium screening services.
> (c) For purposes of this section, all of the following apply:
> (1) "Eligible member" means a member who served in the
> Persian Gulf War, as defined in Section 101 of Title 38 of the
> United States Code, in an area designated as a combat zone by
> the President of United States during Operation Enduring
> Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom, or in any other combat
> theater where depleted uranium was used.
> (2) "Member" or "member of the Armed Forces" means a
> member of the Armed Forces of the United States, including the
> California National Guard, who is a resident of this state.
> (3) "Military physician" means a provider who is under
> contract with the United States Department of Defense to provide
> physician services to members of the Armed Forces.
> Prof. Otto G. Raabe, Ph.D., CHP
> Center for Health & the Environment
> University of California
> One Shields Avenue
> Davis, CA 95616
> E-Mail: ograabe at ucdavis.edu
> Phone: (530) 752-7754 FAX: (530) 758-6140
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