Scientific Supporting texts from 'Banning Uranium Weapons' seminar, UN Oct 8th 2008.
Containing critical papers on WHO and IAEA, discussions on UNEP's findings in the Balkans and Iraq, US veteran epidemiology, UNEP Bibliography, Joint Statement by Scientists on DU and a critique of the 2008 NAS report.
7 October 2008 - ICBUW
- 55 Kb - Format pdfICBUW Science TeamPrevious reports from a number of governmental bodies and international organizations, including the WHO and IAEA, have not yet fully acknowledged and referenced the recent scientific studies on the effects of depleted uranium (DU), especially in its unique aspects in the case of DU weapons. Their assessments and recommendations are based on the incomplete evaluation of the adverse effects of previous uses of the DU weapons. However, they do not answer the questions of the morality of such weapons of indiscriminate nature. Presentation from 'Banning Uranium Weapons' seminar, UN New York Oct 8th 2008.
- 57 Kb - Format pdfICBUW Science TeamThe National Defense Authorization Act of 2007 signed into law by President Bush in October of 2006, contained legislation pertaining to depleted uranium. Section 716 called for a comprehensive study of the health effects of depleted uranium (DU) due to the use of DU weapons, to be completed within a year. The U.S. Department of Defense asked the National Research Council to oversee this project and the result was The Review of Toxicologic and Radiologic Risks to Military Personnel from Exposure to Depleted Uranium During and After Combat published by the National Academies of Sciences in 2008.
The report leaves out over two dozen recent peer-reviewed articles, mostly indicating potentially harmful effects of DU.
- 249 Kb - Format pdfICBUW Science TeamDuring the past several years many scientific papers have been published on the issue of health effects of DU. They have provided us with a more profound and solid understanding of the issue grounded on basic scientific evidence from both animal and cellular studies that suggest deleterious effects on human health from inhaled DU particles through both radiological action and chemical toxicity, as well as possible synergistic effects from the radioactivity and chemical toxicity of DU combined.
- 55 Kb - Format pdfICBUW Science TeamThe U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) asked the Institute of Medicine to determine the feasibility and design of an epidemiological study that would indicate a link between depleted uranium (DU) exposure in veterans and a health or health outcomes. This was part of the comprehensive study of health effects of DU required by Section 716 of the 2007 John Warner National Defense Authorization Act. The paper deals with elements needed in high-quality epidemiologic studies, DOD databases and research efforts and recommendations for future studies.
- 70 Kb - Format pdfICBUW Science TeamThe United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) has been a pioneer in the investigation of depleted uranium in the environment. Overall, UNEP did not find widespread DU contamination on any of their missions. They found that radiation could be detected up to 2 meters from a DU shell and in some instances up to 150-200 meters. DU was also detected 20, 40, 60 and even 80 cm below the ground surface.Supporting text from 'Banning Uranium Weapons' seminar, UN New York Oct 8th 2008.
UNEP’s primary concerns in the Balkans were potential contamination of ground water, risk assessment and the need to educate local populations about DU. In Iraq, a real concern was the removal of fragments or pieces of metal from tanks destroyed by DU shells from scrap metal yards. UNEP was also concerned by the use of DU munitions in urban areas, urging registration of contaminated sites.
- 35 Kb - Format pdfICBUW Science TeamDetailing UNEP's published survey work on DU.
- 58 Kb - Format pdfICBUW Science TeamGulf War and Health: Updated Literature Review of Depleted Uranium’s chief function is a review of human epidemiological studies of exposure to uranium and depleted uranium.
- 135 Kb - Format pdfDr Katsumi FuritsuJoint statement by 69 scientists worldwide in support of action to ban uranium weapons.