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 joanne baker <wildsandcat@yahoo.co.uk> wrote:Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2003 23:13:11 +0100 (BST)
From: joanne baker
Subject: Fwd: [du-list] DU info bulletin no 70
To: jobak17@yahoo.co.uk

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> From: davey garland
> Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2003 14:06:11 +0100 (BST)
> Subject: [du-list] DU info bulletin no 70
>
> DU INFO BULLETIN NO 70
> DU New
> 1) Depleted uranium will affect Iraq
> 2) Risks from DU insignificant
> 3) UNEP Recommends Studies of Depleted Uranium in
> Iraq
> 4) Mcdermott Introduces DU Bill
> Veteran News
> 5) Gulf War Syndrome, The Sequel
> 6) On the lookout for Gulf War Illness
>
> 7) Battling Gulf War Syndrome
> Other News
> 8) The U.S. Military's War On The Earth,
>
>
>
> DU NEWS
> Depleted uranium will affect Iraq for generations to
> come 
> Al-Jazeera April 14, 2003
> When you deliberately and wilfully spread
> radioactive
> waste, ignore the health effects and refuse to clean
> it up, that is a crime against God and a crime
> against
> humanity. The Presenter (Ahmed Mansour): Despite
> research by a large number of scientists and experts
> on the enormous damage inflicted by depleted uranium
> 
> and the use by the US in the Gulf War in 1991, and
> wars in the Balkans and Afghanistan in 1994, 1995,
> 1999 and 2000The US use of depleted uranium is not
> confined to the total destruction of targets but
> extends to the destruction of the environment and
> human life in general in the affected regions. Such
> areas will be unfit for habitation for millions of
> years. Our guest is professor Major Doug Rokke,
> former
> chief of Depleted Uranium Project at the Pentagon.
> Born in Illinois 1949, professor Doug Rokke joined
> the
> US Air Force in 1967, took part in the Vietnam War
> from 1969 to 1971 as a B52 pilot. He obtained his
> PhD
> in nuclear physics. He worked until 1996 as a field
> doctor and specialist in nuclear physics in the US
> Army. He took part in the 1991 Gulf War, tasked with
> depleted uranium clean up in Saudi Arabia and
> Kuwait.
>
http://english.aljazeera.net/topics/article.asp?cu_no=1&item_no=2565&version=1&template_id=273&parent_id=258
>
>
> Risks from DU 'insignificant'
> Peter Capella in Geneva
> Wednesday March 14, 2001
> The Guardian
>
> The environmental risks from contamination by
> depleted
> uranium ammunition used in the war in Kosovo are
> insignificant, a United Nations report concluded
> yesterday, but its authors also said that they
> remained unsure about the long-term health
> consequences of DU.
> The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) final report
> on
> the environmental impact of DU after the Kosovo
> conflict in 1999 recommended a clean-up of the 112
> exposed sites there, which still appears not to have
> been carried out despite preliminary warnings issued
> two months ago.
>
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uranium/story/0,7369,451400,00.html
>
>
>
>
> UNEP Recommends Studies of Depleted Uranium in Iraq
>
> Amman/Nairobi, 6 April 2003 ? The United Nations
> Environment
> Programme (UNEP) is recommending that a scientific
> assessment of sites
> targeted with weapons containing depleted uranium
> (DU)
> be conducted in Iraq
> as soon as conditions permit.
>
> UNEP-led field studies of sites struck by DU
> ordnance
> in the Balkans
> during the conflicts in Bosnia and Kosovo in the
> 1990s
> were the first
> international field assessments of how DU behaves in
> the environment.
>
> "Although our assessments to date, under conditions
> prevailing in the
> Balkans, have concluded that DU contamination does
> not
> pose any immediate
> risks to human health or the environment, the fact
> remains that depleted
> uranium is still an issue of great concern for the
> general public," said
> UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer.
>
> "An early study in Iraq could either lay these fears
> to rest or
> confirm that there are indeed potential risks, which
> could then be
> addressed through immediate action
> See also www.unep.org for an extensive collection of
> environmental data and
> documents on conflict and environment in the region,
> and
> postconflict.unep.ch for UNEP's DU and other
> post-conflict assessment
> report.
>
> McDERMOTT INTRODUCES DEPLETED URANIUM BILL
> HR 1483
>
> Washington, DC-Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA)
> today
> introduced legislation
> requiring studies on the health and environmental
> impact of depleted uranium
> (DU) munitions, as well as cleanup and mitigation of
> depleted uranium
> contamination at sites within the United States
> where
> DU has been used or
> produced.
>
> McDermott, a medical doctor, has been concerned
> about
> this issue since
> veterans of the Gulf War started experiencing
> unexplained illnesses. His
> concern deepened, he said, after visiting Iraq,
> where
> Iraqi pediatricians
> told him that the incidence of severely deformed
> infants and childhood
> cancers has skyrocketed.
>
> Depleted uranium is toxic and carcinogenic and it
> may
> well be associated
> with elevated rates of birth defects in babies born
> to
> those exposed to it,
> said McDermott. We had troops coming home sick after
> the Gulf War, and
> depleted uranium may be one of the factors
> responsible
> for that.
>
>
>
>
> VETERAN NEWS
> Gulf War Syndrome, The Sequel 'People Are Sick Over
> There Already'
> Steven Rosenfeld.
> Soldiers now fighting in Iraq are being exposed to
> battlefield hazards that have been associated with
> the
> 'Gulf War Syndrome' that afflicts a quarter-million
> veterans of the 1991 war, said a former Central
> Command Army officer in Operation Desert Storm. Part
> of the threat today includes greater exposure to
> battlefield byproducts of 'depleted uranium'
> munitions
> used in combat, said the former officer and other
> Desert Storm veterans trained in battlefield health
> and safety. Their concern comes as troops are
> engaged
> in the most intensive fighting of the Iraq War.
> Complicating efforts to understand any potential
> health impacts is the Pentagon's failure,
> acknowleged
> in House hearings on March 25, to follow a 1997 law
> requiring baseline medical screening of troops
> before
> and after deployment. "People are sick over there
> already," said Dr. Doug Rokke, former director of
> the
> Army's depleted uranium (DU)project. "It's not just
> uranium. You've got all the complex organics and
> inorganics [compounds] that are released in those
> fires and detonations. And they're sucking this
> in....
> You've got the whole toxic wasteland."
> http://www.tompaine.com/feature.cfm/ID/7570
>
> On the lookout for Gulf War Illness
> April 7, 2003
> By Benedict Carey,
> LA Times Staff Writer
>
> The wells are burning again, the air is a witch's
> brew
> of sand and dust and smoke, and tens of thousands of
> veterans watching at home can practically feel the
> acrid gas in their lungs and on their skin.
>
> "I can't even look anymore," said Larry Stewart Jr.,
> 32, of Sacramento, who served in an armored tank
> division in southern Iraq during Operation Desert
> Storm in 1991. "We're in the same place, against the
> same enemy; I only hope those young guys who make it
> back aren't affected the same way I was."
>
> Stewart is among about 100,000 men and women who in
> the early 1990s reported fatigue, rashes, joint pain
> and memory loss, among other torments, after the
> 1991
> Persian Gulf War. For years, government officials
> dismissed the complaints -- first described,
> collectively, as Gulf War syndrome -- even as 1 in 7
> Gulf War veterans came forward reporting similar
> problems. After scores of studies and reams of
> congressional testimony, there's still no agreement
> about what might cause these symptoms, and the
> government does not recognize them as part of a
> unique
> syndrome, limiting the amount of free health care
> and
> disability benefits that veterans can claim.
>
http://www.latimes.com/features/health/la-he-gwsyndrome7apr07.story
>
>
>
> Battling Gulf War Syndrome
> April 9, 2003
> CBS) One of the enduring mysteries of the last Gulf
> War has driven 48-year-old Navy veteran Bill
> Finnegan
> to the far eastern tip of Long Island. Correspondent
> Susan Spencer reports.
>
> "I live out here in the boonies, and I pretty much
> stay to myself all the time," says Finnegan, who
> mostly keeps company with his horses and dogs. "Its
> my choice, because I just dont feel right."
> It's easier, he says, than trying to explain the
> ravages of Gulf War Syndrome to his friends.
> "Sometimes, when I get up in the morning, I feel
> like
> I'm 80 years old. I can hardly get out of bed. Im
> hurting so bad."
> Being sick was not something he worried about in
> 1972,
> when he first enlisted as a 17-year-old soldier. By
> the first Gulf War, nearly 20 years later, hed
> risen
> to senior chief petty officer on the USS Okinawa.
> He says he went through hell, several times. He
> breathed the smoky air from burning oil fields and
> navigated mine-infested waters to help downed
> pilots.
> He brought home more than a few medals. And he
> brought
> home unexplained health problems as well.
>
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/04/09/48hours/main548508.shtml
>
> ASSOCIATED ARTICLES
> The U.S. Military's War On The Earth,
> by Bob Feldman
>
> 2003-04-08 | In this era of "permanent war," the
> U.S.
> war machine bombards civilians in places like
> Serbia,
> Afghanistan, and Iraq. It also makes "war on the
> Earth," both at home and abroad. The U.S. Department
> of Defense is, in fact, the world's largest
> polluter,
> producing more hazardous waste per year than the
> five
> largest U.S. chemical companies combined.
> Washington's
> Fairchild Air Force Base, the number one producer of
> hazardous waste among domestic military bases,
> generated over 13 million pounds of waste in
> 1997(more
> than the weight of the Eiffel Tower's iron
> structure).
> Oklahoma's Tinker Air Force Base, the top toxic
> waste
> emitter, released over 600,000 pounds in the same
> year
> (the same amount of water would cover an entire
> football field about two inches deep).
>
> Just about every U.S. military base and nuclear arms
> facility emits toxics into the environment. At many
> U.S. military target ranges, petroleum products and
> heavy metals used in bombs and bullets contaminate
> the
> soi land groundwater. And since the Pentagon
> operates
> its bases as "federal reservations," they are
> usually
> beyond the reach of local and state environmental
> regulations. Local and state authorities often do
> not
> find out the extent of the toxic contamination until
> after a base is closed down.
>
>
http://www.unobserver.com/index.php?pagina=layout5.php&id=825&blz=1
>
>
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