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Critique of the European Commission's SCHER risk assessment on depleted uranium

SCHER was mandated to produce its Opinion following 2008’s landslide EP resolution on DU weapons, which called for an EU moratorium. SCHER was specifically requested by the Commission to consider the wealth of new data on DU’s genotoxicity and its implications for human health.
23 February 2012 - ICBUW

SCHER’s final Opinion claimed that health and environmental risks from military-origin DU were likely to be low under all environmental, climatic and military circumstances, and as such, heath effects were unlikely.

ICBUW highlighted a range of issues with the risk assessment and the commentary below was submitted as evidence at a hearing on the report in the European Parliament's Security and Defence Committee (SEDE). An additional submission was made by independent expert Dr Keith Baverstock.