[ RadSafe ] DU Discussed in Chemical & Engineering News
rhelbig at california.com
Fri Mar 31 04:49:08 CST 2006
>From a chemistry professor friend who asked that I send this on to RADSAFE. The writer is one of the many who have become influenced by Rokke and friends .. he is not a rabid committed activist that I know .. I have never seen any other postings about DU by him.
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Pass this along to Radsafe. It's from the 3-27-06 issue of Chemical and
Engineering News. I may try to send them something, but I am already embroiled in
another issue of chemical interest. Perhaps there are ACS members on Radsafe
who did not see this:
Military use of depleted uranium
In his letter "Nuclear Fuel Retrieval," James Ingemanson states, "Our current
policy utilizes a small portion of mined uranium and buries the remainder for
eternity" (C&EN, Dec. 5, 2005, page 7). Reality is more complicated than
that. Even though the United Nations Subcommission on the Promotion & Protection
of Human Rights declared depleted uranium (DU) to be a weapon of mass
destruction and against international law, our military continues to use DU (natural
uranium after U-235 is removed) in its weapons, with predictable ghastly
consequences, in Iraq and Afghanistan. Given the half-life of U-238 and the
microscopic aerosols formed upon explosive impact of the DU-containing shells, it comes as no surprise that both civilian and military populations in these areas are
being subjected to a frightening health hazard.
Since space does not permit appropriate coverage of this topic, I encourage
readers to search "depleted uranium" on the Internet and to express their
concern to your senators and representatives.
Frank De Haan
Sun Valley, Calif.
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