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News and info:
** Nuclear safety disregarded by private URS firm of San Francisco (2014-02) [link]
** Military nuclear waste dump is leaking into underground water sources (2014-02) [link]

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Radiological disaster risk at PG&E's Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant

"Petition seeks closure of Diablo Canyon nuclear plant"
2014-08-27 by David R. Baker for "San Francisco Chronicle" daily newspaper []:
Diablo Canyon's reactors need to be able to shut down safely in the wake of an earthquake, the plant's license says. (Photo: Michael Mariant, Associated Press)

The environmental group that helped shut down the San Onofre nuclear plant last year is now using the same tactic in a bid to close California's last nuclear power plant, PG&E's Diablo Canyon.
The plant, near San Luis Obispo, risks catastrophic failure during an earthquake and should be shuttered pending a public review of its safety, according to a petition that Friends of the Earth filed with federal regulators Tuesday.
The group filed the petition with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, arguing that Diablo's design may not be strong enough to withstand earthquakes from fault lines that nearly surround the plant. As proof, the environmentalists cite a recently disclosed report from a former federal inspector at the plant who reached the same conclusion.
Earthquake fears have long shadowed the plant, which opened in 1985 after years of protests. Several fault lines were found only after work on the plant began, with the latest discovery coming in 2008.
Diablo's operating license requires that it be able to shut down safely following a major quake. But the petition argues that nearby faults are capable of much stronger shaking than Diablo's design anticipated, rendering the license invalid.
"PG&E cannot run this reactor without a valid license, and they don't have one," said Damon Moglen, senior strategic adviser for Friends of the Earth. "There is nobody in this country, PG&E included, who would want to build a reactor today at Diablo Canyon. It would never pass muster."
It mirrors the strategy the environmental group used to help force the closure of the San Onofre nuclear plant in San Diego County.
San Onofre's operator, Southern California Edison, shut down the plant in 2012 after a small leak of radioactive steam revealed equipment wearing out faster than anticipated. Friends of the Earth filed a petition insisting that Edison apply for a license amendment - a process that requires public hearings - before restarting the plant. The NRC's licensing board agreed. Three weeks later, Edison announced that it would decommission the plant instead.
Friends of Earth now wants PG&E to seek a license amendment to continue running Diablo.
"They now know that the ground motion of these faults is greater than is contained in their license," Moglen said. "I think the argument here is extremely straightforward."
The move follows the disclosure of a 2013 document written by a former NRC inspector stationed at the plant. The inspector, Michael Peck, recommended shutting down Diablo until the commission determined whether the plant's equipment could survive higher seismic stress levels.
"Continued reactor operation outside the bounds of the NRC approved safety analyses challenges the presumption of nuclear safety," Peck wrote.
Peck's opinion was revealed by the Associated Press on Monday, touching off a fresh round of criticism of the plant. Sen. Barbara Boxer, who chairs the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, promised a public hearing into the matter.
"A year ago, a qualified NRC inspector informed the NRC that the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant should be shut down until it is clear that the plant can withstand the kind of earthquake that has been predicted for the area," said Boxer, D-Calif. "I am alarmed that the NRC has not followed this recommendation and has not required actions to protect the 500,000 people who live near the site."
PG&E insists that the plant can withstand earthquakes on any of the faults nearby. Following the 2011 meltdown at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in Japan, PG&E conducted more seismic tests near the plant, including embedding seismometers on the ocean floor. The company is now analyzing that data, said spokesman Blair Jones.
"The region surrounding Diablo Canyon is one of the most seismically researched places in the United States," Jones said.
The operating licenses for Diablo's twin reactors expire in 2024 and 2025, and until Fukushima, PG&E had been in the process of asking the NRC to renew the licenses. That process is now on hold until PG&E finishes its latest seismic study and submits the results to California regulators.
"Any decision on whether or how to proceed with license renewal will wait until after we complete the seismic report," Jones said.

"Diablo Canyon nuclear plant 'near miss' in report"
2011-03-18 by David R. Baker for the "San Francisco Chronicle" daily newspaper []:
PG&E's Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant in Avila Beach, Calif. on Friday, May 26, 2006. The two spent fuel storage pools are nearing its capacity of 2,648 cells so plant officials are constructing a dry cask storage area to hold future radioactive fuel cell waste.
(The Chronicle Photo: Paul Chinn, The Chronicle)

For 18 months, operators at the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant near San Luis Obispo didn't realize that a system to pump water into one of their reactors during an emergency wasn't working.
It had been accidentally disabled by the plant's own engineers, according to a report issued Thursday on the safety of nuclear reactors in the United States.
The report, from the Union of Concerned Scientists watchdog group, lists 14 recent "near misses" - instances in which serious problems at a plant required federal regulators to respond.
The report criticizes both plant operators and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for allowing some known safety issues to fester.
"The severe accidents at Three Mile Island in 1979 and Chernobyl in 1986 occurred when a handful of known problems - aggravated by a few worker miscues - transformed fairly routine events into catastrophes," the report notes.

The problem -
The problem at Diablo Canyon, which is owned by Pacific Gas and Electric Co., involved a series of valves that allow water to pour into one of the plant's two reactors during emergencies, keeping the reactor from overheating.
The loss of water in a reactor can lead to at least a partial meltdown - a process believed to be under way at Japan's stricken Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant after last week's earthquake and tsunami.
Engineers at Diablo Canyon inadvertently created the problem while trying to solve another issue, according to the report.
A pair of remotely operated valves in the emergency cooling system was taking too long to move from completely closed to completely open. So engineers shortened the distance between those two positions, according to the report.
Unfortunately, two other pairs of valves were interlocked with the first. They couldn't open at all until the first pair opened all the way. No one noticed until the valves refused to open during a test in October 2009, 18 months after the engineers made the changes.
"It was disabled, and they didn't know it," said Jane Swanson, spokeswoman for the Mothers for Peace anti-nuclear group, which frequently spars with federal regulators over Diablo Canyon. "That's unforgivable, and it's not that unusual."
In an emergency, Diablo Canyon operators still could have opened the valves manually.
They could also have used a separate system of pumps to inject water into the reactor, PG&E spokesman Kory Raftery said.
"We want to make sure we put safety first - that's why we have redundant systems," he said.
He added, "The potential is very small for the type of situation where we'd need this system in the first place."
PG&E has asked the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to extend the licenses of Diablo Canyon's twin reactors past their original expiration dates of 2024 and 2025. Mothers for Peace has opposed that move.
The valve problem and the union's report, Swanson said, illustrate how even minor technical issues at a plant have the potential to cause serious problems.

'Domino effect' -
"Any given nuclear power plant is such a complex system," she said. "As we've seen in Japan, the domino effect can happen."
With the Japanese crisis riveting world attention, Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein called on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Wednesday to perform thorough safety inspections at Diablo Canyon as well as California's other commercial nuclear plant, San Onofre, in San Diego County.
But the commission's chairman said Thursday there was no immediate need to inspect any U.S. nuclear plants.
Later Thursday, President Obama said the United States faces no danger of radioactive contamination from Japan's nuclear plant and has ordered a comprehensive review of safety at U.S. plants.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

"Call for independent investigation of WIPP accident"

2014-04 from Nuclear Information and Resource Center [], posted at []:
Two months ago, something happened at the Department of Energy's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in New Mexico--something that resulted in a radiation release from deep under the earth that found its way outside the site, including the release of plutonium.
What that something was, however, remains unknown. Even though Department of Energy investigators have managed to enter WIPP in recent days (although not to the actual area where the release is believed to have occurred), there has been essentially zero publicly-released information on what happened or whether it could happen again, or conceivably whether something worse could happen.
The Department of Energy (DOE) is in charge of investigating what happened at WIPP. And it makes sense for them to conduct such an investigation--after all, it is responsible for the site.
But the DOE's track record--and trustworthiness--on radioactive waste issues is, at best, dismal. Even a fully transparent DOE investigation, and so far it has been far from transparent, would be suspect. Indeed, there remain far more unanswered questions than answered ones.
An independent investigation into what happened and what actions need to be taken to prevent a recurrence, or something worse, is needed. But that won't happen on its own; DOE is certainly not going to call for one.
So we're asking you to contact your Congressmembers and insist that an independent investigation to examine the WIPP travesty be formed.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Nuclear safety disregarded by private URS firm of San Francisco

"Whistleblower Fired After Voicing Safety Concerns at Nuclear Site;
Donna Busche, who repeatedly cited dangerous conditions, is not first forced from job at leak-prone nuclear waste dump"
2014-02-19 by Sarah Lazare for "" []:
The person responsible for overseeing the cleanup of the former nuclear weapons site in Hanford, Washington—the most contaminated in the United States—was fired on Tuesday after blowing the whistle on the dangerous conditions at the facility.
Donna Busche—manager of Environmental and Nuclear Safety for the San Francisco-based URS Corporation, a Hanford cleanup subcontractor hired by the federal government — is at least the third senior official who has been fired or forced out after raising the alarm about lack of safety at the site, according to the Los Angeles Times [,0,7410182.story]. She said executives told her she was being fired for “unprofessional conduct.”
“The Energy Department’s overall safety culture is broken and all they are doing now is sitting idly by,” Busche declared on Tuesday.
While URS claims Busche was not punished or retaliated against, Busche says she was "absolutely" targeted [].
Busche, who had repeatedly charged that the clean-up company was steamrolling safety protections and ignoring dangerous technology flaws, had previously filed a lawsuit and a U.S. Labor Department complaint charging that URS was attempting to repress and fire her for speaking out.
"When people stand up and say something is unsafe and, as a result of that, they get fired, it sends a message to everyone else that to protect your career you should say nothing," said Tom Carpenter, Executive Director for the watchdog organization Hanford Challenge, in an interview with Common Dreams.
He added, "I feel extremely disappointment that the federal government, who hires these contractors, has failed to hold this company to account."
The Hanford facility, which was built by the federal government during the 1940s, has long been central to the U.S. military's nuclear arsenal, including the development of the atom bomb, production of plutonium for the bomb dropped on Nagasaki, and other nuclear weapons.
The massive facility, which is now mostly decommissioned, is home to more than 53 million gallons of extremely radioactive sludge held in troubled tanks that have previously leaked []. An estimated 1 million gallons of radioactive fluid has already spilled at the site, threatening the nearby Columbia River.
The Energy Department is engaged in a multi-billion dollar effort to transform this radioactive waste into a glass-like substance for permanent underground storage. Yet several high-ranking scientists and officials at the site have warned the technology is unsound and the process reckless.
Although they were also fired, the previous warnings by whistleblowers prompted work stoppages and a federal investigation into dangers at the site—including the possibility of a hydrogen explosion.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Military nuclear waste dump is leaking into underground water sources

"Suspected Radiation Leak in Military's Nuclear Dumping Ground;
'This is highly toxic poisoning that can be eliminated by stopping the desire to be a nuclear power over the world' "
2014-02-17 by Sarah Lazare for "" []:
A New Mexico deep-earth repository for the U.S. military's nuclear waste has likely sprung an underground radiation leak, sparking concern among Native American communities and other residents who "carry the burden" of this state's nuclear legacy.
"Since the detonation and creation of first atomic bomb in New Mexico, we the people who live in close proximity of storage and creation of these weapons have been in a state of fear," said Kathy Wanpovi Sanchez, Environmental Health and Justice Program Manager for Tewa Women United, an indigenous organization based in northen New Mexico.
Over the weekend, abnormally high levels of radioactive particles were found underground at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad in southeastern New Mexico, where radioactive waste, including from nuclear weapons production, is dumped deep beneath the earth's surface and stored in salt formations.
"I believe it's safe to say we've never seen a level like we are seeing. We just don't know if it's a real event, but it looks like one," said Department of Energy spokesman Roger Nelson.
WIPP stores waste that releases alpha and beta radiation, which are highly cancerous when ingested, explained Arnie Gundersen, former nuclear industry executive turned whistleblower, in an interview with Common Dreams. DOE officials say radiation has not been detected in surface samples, and no workers have been exposed. They say they do not yet know the source of the suspected underground leak.
Gundersen says the technology behind WIPP is untested — hence the word "pilot" in the facility's title. "As a society, we believe that if you stick things in the earth, they are safe," he said. "But with radioactivity, it's not dead. It can come back to haunt you if there is a leak afterwards. This is alive."
Don Hancock, Director of the Nuclear Waste Program at the Southwest Research and Information Center, says the concerns about the site extend beyond the method of nuclear waste storage. "We have always thought the site is a bad site primarily because it is centrally located in one of the largest and most active oil and gas production areas in the United States. This does not seem to be an appropriate place to put waste."
The incident comes just over a week after an underground truck fire forced an evacuation of the facility.
Nuclear experts are not convinced that the situation is safe. "This kind of incident is not supposed to happen," said Hancock. "Just like the fire on the underground, there were these two incidents within a 12-day period. That is worrisome and that is a significant situation."
Storage is not the only issue facing local residents. Nuclear waste transported from across the country, and across the state from the Los Alamos National Laboratory in the north, where nuclear weapons are developed, passes through "Native American reservations, major highways, and near school systems," as it makes its way to WIPP, says Sanchez.
"Our pain and death due to cancer have been ignored. We are sick and tired of all this madness. And all this transportation and waste storage is for the benefit of a nuclear war weapons arsenal. Why?" asked Sanchez. "The U.S. government disregards and takes advantage of indigenous people. This is an unequal share of the burden we are carrying."
She added, "This is highly toxic poisoning that can be eliminated by stopping the desire to be a nuclear power over the world."

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Radiation poisoning from Hunter's Point to Iraq

Ban Depleted Uranium Weapons! [link]

"At Hunters Point Shipyard, Cyclotron Smashed Atoms Where Lennar Wants to Build Homes",
2005-01-12 by Dennis Kyne for "San Francisco Bayview" newspaper [] []:
Dennis Kyne is a combat veteran with 15 years in the U.S. Army. He holds a degree in political science cum laude from San Jose State University with an emphasis on nuclear proliferation, [].
Plutonium, a radioactive metal named after the planet Pluto, was discovered in 1940 after uranium was bombarded with neutrons in a cyclotron. Plutonium 239, the end product of this cycle, as well as uranium, are among the few materials whose atoms can split (or "fission") to create a nuclear explosion, releasing massive amounts of energy instantly.
The cyclotron, often called an atom smasher or plutonium breeder, appeared on the Hunters Point Shipyard after the arrival of the Naval Radiological Defense Laboratory (NRDL). NRDL was operational from 1946 until 1969 and used several buildings for radioactive laboratory and cyclotron operations.
Three decades after Hunters Point was vacated by NRDL, the Navy has transferred Parcel A to the city, and San Francisco is giving it away to Lennar to build 1,600 homes. This shouldn't happen. Cyclotron activity was near Parcel A, and, although named after the planet Pluto, plutonium behaves like the god of hell.
Plutonium, only in the environment since 1945, remains radioactive for an extremely long time, and health results from contaminated plutonium sites have not been shared with local leaders. Manhattan Project participants have been observed for decades, and the population of Rocky Flats, Colorado, is a group that is being monitored as well. Veterans of Desert Storm have been asked to participate in study groups because of exposure to the 300-plus tons of uranium that were dumped on Kuwait and Iraq in 1991.
Low level radiation has been found to damage human organs. Ingestion of particulate matter causes incredible contamination to the organ donor system as well as the blood donor system.
Plutonium, with a half life of 24,000 years, and uranium, with a half life of 4.5 billion years, are causing cancer and birth defects in the surrounding Hunters Point community at an alarming rate. Lennar's liberation of radioactive particles from contaminated acres will put the Hunters Point community under radiological attack.
Ernest Lawrence, the famed physicist that the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory is named for, won the Nobel Prize for developing a cyclotron in 1939. Housed in Building 820 at the Shipyard, just west of Parcel A, cyclotron use left cesium 137 and strontium 90 in the area. These highly radioactive metals cannot be found on the element chart as they are byproducts of the fissionable (atom splitting) process.
Leuren Moret, famed Lawrence Livermore Lab whistle blower, in her seminal work for the Hamburg Uranium Conference in 2003, writes that after the shutdown of the Rancho Seco Nuclear Power Plant near Sacramento in 1989, infant mortality rates improved for nearly all races in San Francisco County, but did not improve for Blacks.
Moret's work, "The Trojan Horse of Nuclear War," explains the role strontium 90 plays in this statistic: "The Radiation and Public Health Project began to collect baby teeth from children with and without cancer living near nuclear reactors for comparison of the Strontium-90 levels."
The results clearly show that children living around the Turkey Point and St. Lucie nuclear reactors in Florida were affected. After collecting the teeth, it was found that in children under 10 years of age, cancer rose 325.3 percent.
Strontium-90 levels in children with cancer were an average of 85 percent higher than in children without cancer. Causal relationship? I think so.
It appears that because there was a cyclotron, and because uranium atoms were smashed, we are seeing an incredibly high number of infant deaths in the Hunters Point community.
Breast cancer is no stranger to Hunters Point women either. Samuel Epstein states in his book "The Politics of Cancer," "There is suggestive evidence that radiation-contaminated water supplies are in part responsible for escalating breast cancer mortality in some areas of the country.
"Recent evidence suggests that increased breast cancer incidence in the Long Island counties of Suffolk and Nassau, as well as Westchester County north of New York City, is related to radiation-contaminated drinking water. This is due to radioactive contamination of the Croton River watershed reservoirs; the watershed is located only about five miles downwind to the northeast from the Indian Point nuclear plant that has released radioactive fission products since the early 1960s."
Cross-applying this conclusion from Indian Point to the Hunters Point watershed, we will see the same result in the surrounding communities. Decades of radioactive waste, washed into the Bay daily through broken tidal gates and leaking storm drains at the Shipyard, created a water table that is surely carrying radiation. As with the Croton River in New York, some of this waste was carried away and became the bottom of the Bay.
Decades of nuclear research has been dumped into the watershed of San Francisco, and, like our friends in New York, we have been victims of a faceless enemy. Science has told us not to worry, and civics has told us to keep building. History has taught us to clean up our messes, and that is where civics and science abandon us.
Did San Francisco and the Navy forget about the radiation? After ceasing active operations in 1974, the Navy leased most of the yard to Triple A ship repair company. Improper waste disposal was reported in 1986, leading to an investigation by the San Francisco District Attorney. While this company did dump a lot of garbage, they didn't use the cyclotron.
Decades after the Navy abandoned the Shipyard, officials have not addressed the effects of low level radiation on humans. Some news agencies have ignored the fact that radiation ever existed on this Shipyard.
There is a sense of urgency to halt the upheaval of this toxic soil so it can be cleaned appropriately. I have visited Hunters Point, stood as close as possible to the Rocky Flats facility and once slept on the radioactive battlefield of Desert Storm.
My tour of Parcel A gave me a buzz, the same buzz I felt on the front line of Iraq and the same buzz I would later feel upon my visit to Colorado. I no longer need a dosimeter to tell if I am in a radioactive area. Moret and Epstein clearly support my conclusion with statistically significant evidence.
There is a sense of complacency in the world. Indigenous people have been slaughtered and left to die around the uranium mining areas. Pygmy cultures in Africa have been exploited, while Hopi and Navajo reservations have been exposed to the uranium tailings. After mining it, communities were established to process and research this uranium.
Hunters Point was a community that housed NRDL. Communities that have been violently attacked with this element, such as Hiroshima, Nagasaki, Basra, Vieques, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Baghdad, Yugoslavia and Afghanistan can attest to the incredibly horrific birth defects that have occurred from the use of radioactive munitions.
Hunters Point has been attacked. Until the complacency to address the implications of low level radiation is reversed, cancer rates will continue to soar. Should San Francisco's leaders choose to ignore the effects of low level radiation coming from Hunters Point, they will be guilty of sentencing thousands of people to an early death.

Thursday, September 30, 2004

Ban Depleted Uranium Weapons!

The following is adapted from a list of links originally collected 2004 by Bay Area scientist Lauren Moret, for those participating in the No Nuke and Anti-War movement (the version used being updated 2006-02).
It has been adapted, expanded, and slightly updated as new material is found (2014-09).
** [link] are to pages at this website containing the original source materials adapted from offline websites.
** [] & [] are to backed-up pages in case the original link is taken offline.

Four-part series on DU, 2004 by Christopher Bollyn for "American Free Press" [link]
** Part I: “Depleted Uranium: U.S. Commits War Crime Against Iraq, Humanity”
** Part II: “Cancer Epidemic Caused by U.S. WMD: MD Says Depleted Uranium Definitively Linked,”

"Another US war crime: the use of depleted uranium munitions in Iraq", 2003-05-29 by Ben Nichols and Joe Lopez [link]

An article by Helen Caldicott warning about DU usage in upcoming Iraq War (2002-10) [link]

Radiation poisoning from Hunter's Point to Iraq (2005-01) [link]

Information compiled by WISE Uranium Project:
** Depleted Uranium Weapons in the Gulf Wars, 1991, 2003 (last updated 20 Jun 2014) [] []
** "Depleted Uranium Processing and Storage Facilities" [] [] (updated 2004-10-22)
** "Bibliography: Military Use of Depleted Uranium (DU)" [] [] (updated 2004-08-12)
** Depleted Uranium [] []

"Contamination of Persian Gulf War Veterans and Others by Depleted Uranium" 1996-07-19 (updated 1999-02-21) by Leonard A. Dietz [] []

Chris Busby, Ph.D., interviewed at IPPNW (Berlin, Germany), 2004-05-08 by Sunny Miller, Director of the Traprock Peace Center [] []

Dan Fahey Document Library []

"Death By Slow Burn: How America Nukes Its Own Troops" (2004-04-01) [] []

"Department of Transportation rules against secret shipments of radioactive munitions by the Department of Defense", 2005-06-08 from Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action [] []

"New Research Indicates Health Risks from Uranium May Be More Varied Than Reflected in Current Federal Policy; Depleted Uranium from Proposed New Mexico Enrichment Plant May Become Multi-Billion Dollar Taxpayer Liability without a Hefty Financial Guarantee; Nuclear Regulatory Commission and Corporate Options for DU Disposal Risk Long-Term Violation of Health and Environmental Standards, New Analysis Indicates", 2005-02-23 [] []

Depleted Uranium Webpage Links from the Low Level Radiation Campaign [] [] (updated 2006)

"Depleted Uranium and Health: Facts and Helpful Suggestions" by Glen Lawrence, Ph.D. of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Long Island University, Brooklyn, NY [] []
Essential information for soldiers and civilians who are at risk for uranium contamination in areas where DU munitions have been used.

Depleted Uranium: Cause and Effect []

"Depleted Uranium: Devastation at Home and Abroad" by Leuren Moret []

"Depleted uranium: Dirty bombs, dirty missiles, dirty bullets" by Leuren Moret []

Depleted Uranium Education Project []

"Depleted Uranium - The Real Dirty Bombs" by Christopher Bollyn (2004-08-27) [] []

"Depleted Uranium: Trojan Horse of Nuclear War" by Leuren Moret []

Depleted Uranium Munitions - A Weapon of Mass Destruction []

Depleted Uranium Follow-Up Program Veterans Health Administration []

Depleted Uranium Kills : A Death By Slow Burn []

Depleted Uranium Special [] [Graphic]

Depleted Uranium - The Stone Unturned []

Depleted Uranium Munitions  []

Depleted Uranium Munitions: The Use of Radiological Weapons as a Violation of Human Rights []

Depleted Uranium []

'Depleted' Uranium and Health Glen Lawrence, Ph.D. []

"Depleted Uranium Coming Home To Roost - Dillon Bill In Connecticut Legislature" by Sepp Hasslberger []

Depleted Uranium from Proposed New Mexico Enrichment Plant May Become Multi-Billion Dollar Taxpayer Liability without a Hefty Financial Guarantee []

Depleted Uranium Munitions Study Act (Introduced in House) H.R. 2410 Rep. Jim McDermott []

Depleted Uranium Released During Canadian Plane Crash []

Depleted Uranium Situation Requires Action By President Bush and Prime Minister Blair - -Doug Rokke,Ph.D []

Depleted Uranium (DU) weapons fired by U.S. Navy on Washington coast Jan 7, 2003 []

Depleted Uranium:Wonder Weapon or Toxic Hazard? []

A description of DU

Despite Continued Threats, DU Expert Pushes On Dr. Asaf Durakovic, undeterred by death threats and harassment over the past year, continues his fight to break the "conspiracy of silence" surrounding depleted uranium. By Brian Ohkubo Covert, Independent Journalist Thursday, May. 12, 2005.

Discounted Casualties - the human cost of depleted uranium []

"The Doctors, the Depleted Uranium, and the Dying Children" [] German television production (available here as VHS video), shows the US has used radioactive bombs in the current war against Iraq.

Dr. George Hill Speaks Out on Depleted Uranium Not all physicians agree with the Physician for Social Responsibility report on Depleted Uranium. []
Read Dr. Hill's letter to the PSR (.doc)

Dr. George Hill Testimony on the SB6732DU Bill   [] (New)

Don’t drink the water by Dennis Kyne []

DU Death Toll Tops 11,000 []

DU - Health Concerns (Military) []

DU Library: Depleted Uranium Information Page (Govt) []

DU Munitions in Okinawa []

DU Watch - a source for all kinds of DU information []

DU - Hysteria or Real Health Threat? by Judy Blyth

Effects of Depleted Uranium by Admiral Vishnu Bhagwat, India []

Evidence Mounts that Gulf War Syndrome is Related to the Use of Depleted Uranium Shells by NATO []

Exposing The Myth Of The ‘Casualty-Free War’: Gulf War Syndrome []

Fact Sheet on Depleted Uranium U.S. Department of State []

Former Head Of Pentagon's Depleted Uranium Project Says Thousands Of Troops Are Sick And Dying From Illegal DU Use And Military's Failure To Admit Responsibility []

German language DU Website []

Gulf War Syndrome - Depleted Uranium [] by American Gulf War Veterans

The Gulf War Battlefield Still "Hot" with Depleted Uranium by Scott Peterson []

The Fabulous Factsheet File []
Is uranium hazardous? What is plutonium? Find out here.

Heads Roll At The Veterans Administration: Mushrooming Depleted Uranium (DU) Scandal Blamed []

Health and Environmental Effects of 'Depleted' Uranium  Diane Hensel, Ph.D. []

Health hazards of depleted uranium munitions []

Horror of USA's depleted Uranium []

If Depleted Uranium is Safe, Let Them Prove It  Congressman Jim McDermott May 11, 2005

Immediate Action Required on Depleted Uranium (a primer for the beginner) By Doug Rokke, Ph.D. []

International Action Center []

International Depleted Uranium Study Team []

Italian soldiers have died thus far due to exposure to depleted uranium  []

Japan may be Next Victim of Depleted Uranium in Iraq, Claims DU Expert  []

Letter from Leuren Moret to Congressman McDermott []

Louisiana - 1st State to Pass DU Bill []

Low Level Radiation Campaign [] Researching the low level effects of ionising radiation

“Marin Depleted Uranium Resolution Heats Up – GI’s Will Come Home To A Slow Death,”  August 2004 Coastal Post Online. Carol Sterrit: []

Military Toxics Project []

National Gulf War Resource Centre []

Nationwide campaign against secret shipments of radioactive ammunition announced  Nov 21, 2003 []

"Ode To Nuha - US Depleted Uranium Takes Another" by Rana El-Khatib []

"Our Tools of War, Turned Blindly Against Ourselves" by Rob Nixon   []

"The Queen's Death Star: Depleted Uranium, Measured in British Atmosphere From Battlefields in the Middle East", 2006-02-26 by Leuren Moret [] []

Radioactive Tank No. 9 comes limping home  by Bob Nichols []

Radioactive Wounds of War []

Remains of Toxic Bullets Litter Iraq  []

"Environmental Exposure Report - Depleted Uranium in the Gulf II" (2000-12-13)
[] []

Research Report Summaries on Depleted Uranium from 1974-1999, conducted at National Laboratories and military labs. []

Research Report Summaries on Depleted Uranium from 1974-1999, conducted at National Laboratories and military labs

Science of Science Fiction? Facts, Myths and Propaganda In The Debate Over Depleted Uranium Weapons []

Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y. demands that all veterans of Iraq get checked. Dr. Asaf Durakovic, a former Army doctor and nuclear medicine expert who examined and tested the nine men at The News' request, concluded four of them "almost certainly" inhaled radioactive dust from exploded depleted uranium shells fired by U.S. troops. []

Soldier's new mission is exposing risk of depleted uranium [] Glenwood Spring CO article on Dennis Kyne

The "Dump Nuclear" Campaign to persuade the UK Government that they should drop this expensive, dangerous and outdated technology. []

The Hazard Posed by Depleted Uranium Munitions  []

Heads roll at Veterans Administration Mushrooming depleted uranium (DU) scandal blamed  []

Karen Parker: Fighting to stop the use of illegal weapons []

The International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons []

The Laka Foundation is a documentation and research centre on nuclear energy. It has a good online library section on depleted uranium []

The National Online - Depleted Uranium - The Silver Bullet  []

Nuclear Information and Resource Service & World Information Service on Energy  []

 The War Against Ourselves: An Interview with Major Doug Rokke  []

Toxic ammo is tested in fish areas - U.S. Navy uses depleted uranium in coast waters; activists may go to court []

The Tail of a Bullet -  The Depleted Uranium Issue  Christian Science Monitor

The Tiny Victims of Desert Storm like a growing number of Gulf War veterans, some of whom remain apparently healthy, he has fathered a child with devastating birth defects. []

Troops In Iraq Will Once Again Be Exposed To Deadly Chemicals Congressman Jim. McDermott  Mar 5, 2003 "I was in Iraq in 1991, and I was there again this year; and the evidence is overwhelming of the impact of what Iraq has suffered from depleted uranium and what we, the United States, are about to suffer." []

The United States Used Depleted Uranium (DU) Weapons in Iraq []

Uranium Medical Research Centre [] Current and recent developments, published research, conference proceedings, reports

Uranium Wars: The Pentagon Steps Up its Use of Radioactive Munitions  []

US Military, President Out of Control -- What Does "Mildly Radioactive" Mean, Anyway? By Bob Nichols, Project Censored Award Winner []

U.S. use of depleted uranium under fire - KING5 Video 11/11/04 []

US says Pacific arms tests use depleted uranium []

U.S. Radiation Sites WA []

"U.S. Army Training Video on Depleted Uranium: Our military refuses to show this training film to our troops in Iraq" [] or [] []

Use of DU: A Crime Against Humanity by Doug Rokke

Use of Depleted Uranium Weapons Lingers as Health Concern []

WAC 246-233-010   General licenses -- Source material  []

WAC 246-235-091   Manufacture and distribution of industrial products containing depleted uranium under general license  []

Veterans for Peace Workshop on DU (radioactive munitions), Boston, July 23, 2004 []

Warning of Toxic Aftermath from Uranium Munitions []

Warning of uranium contamination risks to NGO staff, Coalition forces, foreign contract personnel and civilians in Iraq  []

War's Littlest Victim []

War's Unintended Effects: Use of Depleted Uranium Weapons Lingers as Health Concern  []

Weapons of Mass Deception: What the Pentagon Doesn’t Want Us To Know About Depleted Uranium  []

Weapons Dust Worries Iraqis []

Weapons of Self Destruction - Is Gulf War syndrome - possibly caused by Pentagon ammunition - taking its toll on G.I.'s in Iraq?  []

What does the US know about DU?  -  Leuren Moret  []

What does depleted mean in depleted uranium (DU)? Secondly, is the DU in DU rounds (ammunition) considered naturally occurring radioactive material?  Health Physic Society.  []

What happened to the test tube paradigm? Dennis Kyne  []

WHO Blocked Depleted Uranium Study by Sepp Hasslberger

Why are Depleted Uranium Munitions a Local Issue? October 16 at the Public Park across from the entrance to Naval Magazine Indian Island. Douglas Milholland, Port Townsend. []

World Depleted Uranium Weapons Conference, Hamburg, Germany, October 16-19, 2004: []

World Information Service on Energy []

"World is blind to real situation in Iraq: activists", 2006-05-27 [] []: OSAKA -- An Iraqi journalist and a Japanese human rights activist said the public has a poor idea of the situation in Iraq and warned of an impending health catastrophe as more Iraqis contract cancer from exposure to depleted uranium shells used by the U.S. and Britain.

World Uranium Weapons Conference []

* This means that it will go releasing ionizing radiation into the environment, essentially forever. After the Gulf War DU remained suspended in the air above Kuwait City for two years.


"Britain used DU in 1950s 'nuclear guinea pig' tests", 2001-05-27 [] []