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  • Tuesday, May 31, 2005

    Depleted uranium bill introduced in US congress

    According to this report, from the Lone Star Iconoclast, a bill has been introduced in the US congress calling for scientific and medical evaluations of the US military's usage of depleted uranium in combat zones. The bill also calls for the cleaning up of sites which have been contaminated:

    “I’ve been concerned about DU since veterans of the first Gulf War began to experience unexplained illnesses, commonly called ‘Gulf War Syndrome’ that remain mysterious,” McDermott said. McDermott added that there are reports from Iraqi doctors and others today of seemingly unexplained serious illnesses including higher rates of cancer and leukemia, and even birth defects. “We pretended there was no problem with Agent Orange after Vietnam and later the Pentagon recanted, after untold suffering by veterans. I want to know scientifically if DU poses serious dangers to our soldiers and Iraqi civilians.”
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