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[casi-analysis] Immediate Release: US admits DU risks in Military ConferencePresentation

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Document shows that Military well aware of dangers of using DU in populated
areas. Children at risk from DU in battle areas, as well as US soldiers and
civilian population. Document cites chromosomal damage, cancer risks, risks
to food and water supplies.

See for links to
Col. Wakayama 2002 conference presentation and links to other US documents
that show US has been aware of DU risks for years.


Depleted Uranium (DU) Munitions
COL J. Edgar Wakayama
August, 2002

Read this report for the military's own view on risks to health and the

download PDF version of PowerPoint Presentation (or rtf version for low
bandwidth). PDF version is 2.6 mg.

The report was presented at the 5th Annual Testing and Training Symposium &
Exhibition, 19 - 22 August 2002, National Defense Industrial Association


Among its warnings, the report recognizes that it is not safe to leave shell
fragments in the body as per US military policy; warns that uranium would be
solubilized and redistribute to various tissues as early as one day after
implantation; highlights the special risks faced by children in the battle
area, with risks to water and food supplies; recognizes risks of cancer,
lung fibrosis, and DNA damage from DU deposited in bones.

The report recommends health monitoring of children, soldiers and civilians;
epidemiological monitoring of cancer incidents of soldiers (what about
civilians and soldiers' children?), including urine uranium testing, kidney
function tests and neurological evaluations; removal of heavily contaminated
soil in areas populated with civilians; and long term water and milk
sampling in imact site.

One Recommendation is missing. Stop the production, stockpiling and use of
'depleted' uranium munitions.

Charles Jenks, attorney at law
President of the Core Group
Traprock Peace Center
103A Keets Road
Deerfield, MA 01342
413-773-1633; Fax 413-773-7507

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