VETERANS SUE THE GOVERNMENT FOR DU SICKNESS
Thu Jan 10, 2008 06:11
VETERANS SUE THE GOVERNMENT FOR DU
We might have to create an ADOPT A
VETERAN program where families with means are helping to pay for the
medical needs of these soldiers. The Red Cross raised over $1 billion
for the tsunami victims and their plight pales in comparison to this
DU contamination catastrophe. Americans sent hundreds of millions for
the tsunami relief fund and it is now time to make some of that
American giving count here at home for Americans.
BUSH FOUND THOSE WMDS AND USES THEM ON OUR TROOPS
WHAT IS DEPLETED URANIUM?
Depleted uranium (DU) is the highly toxic and radioactive byproduct of the uranium enrichment process. "Depleted" uranium is so called because the content of the fissionable U-235 isotope is reduced from 0.7% to 0.2% during the enrichment process. The isotope U-238 makes up over 99% of the content of both natural uranium and depleted uranium. Depleted uranium is roughly 60% as radioactive as naturally occurring uranium, and has a half life of 4.5 billion years.2 As a result of 50 years of enriching uranium for use in nuclear weapons and reactors, the U.S. has in excess of 1.1 billion pounds of DU waste material.3
In the early 1970s, the government began exploring ways to dispose of DU which would relieve it of the burden of having to store it in low-level radioactive waste repositories. DU has several characteristics which make it attractive for use in munitions: it is extremely dense, available in large quantities, and given for free to arms manufacturers.
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