Thursday, March 13, 2008

DEPLETED URANIUM IN THE UK, USA AND ELSEWHERE


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Dumfries and Galloway, in South West Scotland, is used by the military for various dangerous experiments.

For example, Cluster bombs have been tested at Luce Bay.

No doubt there are unexploded shells waiting to be found. (BBC News SCOTLAND Dundrennan: Under friendly fire)

On 10 March 2008, the firing of depleted uranium Challenger tank ammunition began again at the Dundrennan range in Dumfries and Galloway in South West Scotland.


DU shells are tested near Kirkcudbright

Presumably the tests will be being observed by various spy satellites.

The tests are being conducted by the defence research agency, QinetiQ. (BBC News SCOTLAND DU shell test-firing resumes)

Thousands of Depleted Uranium rounds have been fired into the Solway Firth from the Dundrennan range over more than two decades.

Graph showing the rate per 1,000 births of congenital malformations observed at Basra University Hospital, Iraq[66]

People in the Kircudbright area point to cancer and leukaemia clusters around the Dundrennan range. (BBC News SCOTLAND Dundrennan: Under friendly fire)

Local people say there have been misfirings on the Dundrennan range.

Some report that "the site is littered with unexploded ordnance; that there has been a strange red dust on the road that borders the base; that a quartermaster died of leukaemia."

There are reports of traces of beryllium, a component of depleted uranium, being found 30 miles away from Dundrennan. (The village next to the DU test range UK news The Guardian)

Photo: http://www.worldproutassembly.org/archives/2006/01/mushrooming_dep.html

Depleted uranium shells have been fired from the Dundrennan range (Dumfries and Galloway) since 1983. ( www.llrc.org/epidemiology/subtopic/dundrennan.htm )

A Dr Heasman told an inquiry (the Dounreay Inquiry) that the DG7.3 post code area, a little inland from Kirkcudbright, contained the highest excess leukaemia risk (age 0 - 24) of any post code in Scotland. http://www.llrc.org/epidemiology/subtopic/dumfriesandgalloway.htm

Dumfries & Galloway (South West of Scotland)

1986

263 cancer deaths

2004

524 cancer deaths

Ayrshire/Arran (South West of Scotland)

1986

415 cancer deaths

2004

697 cancer deaths

Source: The Scottish Executive's figures published in the Sunday Express (Scotland) 18 December 2005.

Among the factors which may be causing the rise are: 1. Depleted uranium weapons testing on the coast of Dumfries and Galloway, which is adjacent to Ayrshire/Arran 2. Leaks from Sellafield and other nuclear installations on the west coast. 3. The Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986
Depleted uranium (DU) shells were used in the Gulf War.

When a DU shell hits its target, it explodes and vaporises.
Uranium micro-particles are transported by the WIND and by WATER.

A 1991 United Kingdom Atomic Energy report warned that depleted uranium left on Gulf War battlefields could cause 500,000 deaths among soldiers and civilians. (See also Dan Fahey, Swords to plowshares, www.nuclearfiles.org )

The Sunday Herald 7/1/01 quotes a Ministry of Defence document which states that the inhalation of particles from DU shells is a health risk.

Professor Doug Rokke, ex-director of the Pentagon's Depleted-Uranium Project, worked in the Gulf area during the war.

Rokke suffers from reactive airway disease, neurological damage and kidney problems.

Rokke says, "DU is toxic, radioactive and pollutes for 4,500,000,000 years. It causes lymphoma, neuro-psychotic disorders and short term memory damage. In semen, it causes birth defects..."

In a Gulf War veterans community in Mississippi, 67% of the children were born without eyes, ears, brain and thyroid. (Source: Desert Concerns, by Daniel Robicheau, www.antenna.nl )

Shaun Rusling of the Gulf War Veterans and Families Association says that 521 British servicemen have died of Gulf War Syndrome to date.

According to Daniel Robicheau, there has been a massive rise in cancers in Saudi Arabia, and in most of the Emirates all the way to Bahrain.

In Iraq there has been a six-fold rise in cancers. Birth defects have become common.

An OFFICIAL study in Italy has found a direct connection between the deaths of six soldiers who served in the BALKANS and NATO's use of DU shells.

According to a letter from Mr Dan Kenny in the Galloway News, 30/11/00, nuclear waste lies in a field two miles from Bridge of Dee. "The field contains hundreds of tons of mud from Kirkcudbright and Palnackie harbours..."

The letter suggests that the Kirkcudbright Bay area has hotspots with dangerously high levels of radiation. (Part of the blame is put on the Windscale waste pipe.)

"Depleted Uranium: The Invisible War" by Messonnier, Loore and Trilling, claims that the DU shells used in Iraq and Kosovo contained traces of elements that indicate the probable presence of PLUTONIUM.

The authors claims are based on papers that have led them to 3 nuclear plants in PADUCAH, Kentucky, PORTSMOUTH, Ohio, and OAK RIDGE, Tennessee - the main makers of DU. (Sunday Times 21 Jan 2001).

In January 2000, Bill Richardson, the then US Energy secretary, accepted that THOUSANDS of workers at PADUCAH "had been exposed to radiation and chemicals that produced cancer and early death."

Many of the victims suffer from chronic fatigue and joint pain, the same symptoms suffered by Gulf War veterans.

Documents from August 1999 show that workers at Paducah had been inhaling PLUTONIUM. (Sunday Times 21 Jan 2001).

In October 1999 the US Energy Department reported that "the Paducah gaseous diffusion plant...created depleted uranium potentially containing...plutonium." (Sunday Times 21 Jan 2001)

In January 2001 United Nations officials investigating the effects of DU in kosovo confirmed they had found traces of elements indicating PLUTONIUM. (Sunday Times 21 Jan 2001.)


According to John Lewallen, in his article 'Stop Using Uranium Munitions Now' ( http://www.nuclearpress.com/view.lasso?id=0032&-token.f=3)

"The vaporized, ceramic uranium oxides which billow as smoke from an impacting uranium munition have poisoned the human environment with minute, undetectable uranium oxide particles which will remain radioactive and toxic for the lifetime of Earth.

"Unlike natural uranium, which is soluble, breathed uranium oxide particles are insoluble, and become lodged in the human body if breathed, remaining there for many years, causing a host of diseases.

"Uranium oxides are mutagenic, attacking the genetic code which allows the human race to reproduce without crippling mutation.

"Today the United States military forces are fully committed to a munition metal which, based on U.S. Veterans Affairs disability statistics on veterans of the 1991 Gulf War, will, along with the effects of other toxins in Iraq, disable one out of three battlefield troops who use uranium munitions within a decade of their exposure.

"To repeat: ONE-THIRD OF THE VETERANS OF THE 1991 GULF WAR ARE DISABLED TEN YEARS AFTER THE WAR."



CHANGE IN UK CANCER RATES BETWEEN 1995 AND 2004 http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/6938186.stm

Cases of malignant melanoma rose from 5,783 to 8,939 - a 43% increase
Cases of mouth cancer rose from 3,696 to 4,769 - a 23% increase
Cases of womb cancer rose from 5,018 to 6,438 - a 21% increase
Cases of kidney cancer rose from 5,636 to 7,044 - a 14% increase

"RADIATION detectors in Britain recorded a fourfold increase in uranium levels in the atmosphere after the 'shock and awe' bombing campaign against Iraq, according to a report. Environmental scientists who uncovered the figures through freedom of information laws say it is evidence that depleted uranium from the shells was carried by wind currents to Britain." http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-2047373,00.html

"According to Leuren Moret, an independent scientist and international radioactivity specialist, since 1991, the U.S. has released radioactive particles from DU that is equivalent to more than 400,000 Nagasaki bombs. Moret contends that releases from Gulf War II will lead to a marked increase in cancer." Depleted Uranium Fight Heats Up

Depleted Uranium Keeps On Killing

Death Made In America: Impacts of Depleted Uranium Contamination ...

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2 comments:

Highland Free Press said...

I have copied this full page to
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with links back as this needs to be widely shown as possible.

Hope you are OK with that.

Thank You for all your good work over the years..........

Anon said...

Dear highland free press,

You are most welcome,

Aangirfan

 
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