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[casi] Press Release - Newly discovered documents - through FOIA request- show Navy knew that 'depleted uranium' posed radioactive risk in 1984

For Immediate Release
Contact: Glen Milner
or Sunny Miller, 413 773-7427 at Traprock Peace Center

                        Navy has been aware of problems
                associated with DU  since at least 14 May 1984
                                FOIA Document shows

Seattle, WA & Deerfield, MA - The US Navy knew in 1984 that, "... should a
DU penetrator oxidize resulting from a penetrator's involvement in an
accident such as a fire, then the intake of DU aerosol, or ash via
inhalation, ingestion, or absorption presents an internal radiation hazard."

Documents obtained by Glen Milner of the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent
Action, Poulsbo, WA. through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) were
shared with Sunny Miller, Executive Director of Traprock Peace Center in
Deerfield as she prepared another speaking tour by Gulf War veteran Doug
Rokke. Rokke visits Seattle, on Monday, October 6, Port Townsend, WA on
October 7, Portland, OR on October 8, Arcata, CA on Oct. 9, then leaves for
Illinois and Germany.

Milner, Miller, Rokke and many others are working to inform the public about
the health hazards of uranium-waste munitions during an eight-state speaking
tour that includes Texas, Missouri, South Dakota and Indiana, with inquiries
from other states. Rokke and representatives of Traprock Peace Center will
bring obscure public documents to public view through the World Uranium
Weapons Conference in Hamburg, Germany, October 16-19. A child's rights
attorney, Charles Jenks, President of Traprock Peace Center, has posted the
relevant FOIA document at

The document is available for download in both reduced and full resolution
formats. The Traprock site has extensive original resources and links
regarding uranium waste munitions (Œdepletedı uranium).

A Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) was released from the Department of the
Navy, Naval Surface Warfare Center in Crane, Indiana, on 22 May 03 in
response to a 2 April 03 Freedom of Information Act request by Glen Milner.
The MSDS, dated 14 May 1984, shows the Navy has been aware of many of the
problems associated with depleted uranium since that time.

Glen Milner is an electrician who has devoted time to extensive research
using the Freedom of Information Act, since 1987. A request for information
on navigation hazards for Trident submarines revealed that the submarines
were advised to stay out of an area where a surface ship was firing 20-mm
bullets containing the heavy metal, radioactive waste, U238. Through this
finding, Milner became a key figure in breaking the story in January 2003
that the Navy was firing radioactive-waste munitions into prime fishing
areas off the Washington coast.

Milner has worked on Trident nuclear submarine issues with the Ground Zero
group in Poulsbo, WA since the early 1980's. Currently the Ground Zero
Center has filed an environmental lawsuit against the Navy's Trident II
(D-5) missile upgrade at the Bangor submarine base.  The lawsuit is based
almost entirely upon information released through the Freedom of Information

For more information contact ...
Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action, Poulsbo, WA.
and Traprock Peace Center, Deerfield, MA.
Both organizations celebrate their anniversaries in October.

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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