[ RadSafe ] How tough is it to build a dirty bomb?
sjd at swcp.com
Tue Feb 15 19:59:41 CST 2011
Well, James, what would you like us RADSAFErs to do about it?
At 02:53 PM 2/13/2011, you wrote:
>Twenty years ago this month, the U.S.-lead coalition in Iraq shot
>about 320 tons of depleted uranium, mostly as 30 mm rounds, against
>targets in Kuwait and Iraq. Coalition soldiers quickly moved in to
>hold those positions, where the uranium trioxide dust vapor and mist
>had not yet settled.
>Gulf War Illness, associated with "exposure to fumes from munitions"
>was first recognized in the Navy Seabees. Ten years ago all combat
>troops showed greatly increased miscarriage and birth defects,
>amounting to about twice as many "moderate to severe" birth defects
>among fathers who saw Gulf War combat, and about three times as many
>The Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses has
>referred to that increase in birth defects as "modest" and has implied
>that the many epidemiological studies linking uranyl exposure to birth
>defects do not exist. No further statistics have been forthcoming
>from the Department of Defense's Birth and Infant Heath Registry,
>which abruptly stopped publishing in 2002.
>In 2003, between 1000 and 2000 tons of depleted uranium munitions were
>used in Fallujah, Iraq. Cancers and infant mortality have since
>spiked in Fallujah over nehboring Iraqi cities.
>During the 2008 Russian-Georgian border war, both sides had depleted
>uranium weapons in their arsenals, but neither side chose to use them.
> Depleted uranium weapons have since been made illegal to manufacture
>or transport in Brussels, Belgium, the headquarters of NATO.
>Dirty bombs have already been all too common, by the accident of
>governments and health physics professionals.
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