Depleted Uranium: a crisis


Richard Moore

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Date: Fri, 28 Jul 2006 23:55:48 +1200

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³Depleted Uranium Situation Worsens Requiring Immediate Action
By President Bush, Prime Minister Blair, and Prime Minister Olmert
Dr. Doug Rokke, PhD.
former Director, U.S. Army Depleted Uranium project
July 26, 2006

The delivery of at least 100 GBU 28 bunker busters bombs containing depleted 
uranium warheads by the United States to Israel for use against targets in 
Lebanon will result in additional radioactive and chemical toxic contamination 
with consequent adverse health and environmental effects throughout the Middle 
East. Israeli tank gunners are also using depleted uranium tank rounds as 
photographs verify.

Today, U.S., British, and now Israeli military personnel are using illegal 
uranium munitions - America's and England's own "dirty bombs" while U.S. Army, 
U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Defense, and British Ministry of 
Defence officials deny that there are any adverse health and environmental 
effects as a consequence of the manufacture, testing, and/or use of uranium 
munitions, to avoid liability for the wilful and illegal dispersal of a 
radioactive toxic material - depleted uranium.

The use of uranium weapons is absolutely unacceptable, and a crime against 
humanity. Consequently, the citizens of the world and all governments must force
cessation of uranium weapons use. I must demand that Israel now provide medical 
care to all DU casualties in Lebanon and clean up all DU contamination.

U.S. and British officials have arrogantly refused to comply with their own 
regulations, orders and directives that require United States Department of 
Defense officials to provide prompt and effective medical care to "all" exposed 
individuals. Reference: Medical Management of Unusual Depleted Uranium 
Casualties, DOD, Pentagon, 10/14/93, Medical Management of Army personnel 
Exposed to Depleted Uranium (DU) Headquarters, U.S. Army Medical Command 29 
April 2004, and section 2-5 of U.S. Army Regulation 700-48. Israeli officials 
must not do so now.

They also refuse to clean up dispersed radioactive Contamination as required by 
Army Regulation - AR 700-48: "Management of Equipment Contaminated With Depleted
Uranium or Radioactive Commodities" (Headquarters, Department Of The Army, 
Washington, D.C., September 2002) and U.S. Army Technical Bulletin- TB 
9-1300-278: "Guidelines For Safe Response To Handling, Storage, And 
Transportation Accidents Involving Army Tank Munitions Or Armor Which Contain 
Depleted Uranium" (Headquarters, Department Of The Army, Washington, D.C., JULY 

Specifically, section 2-4 of United States Army Regulation-AR 700-48 dated 
September 16, 2002 requires that:

(1) "Military personnel "identify, segregate, isolate, secure, and label all 
RCE" (radiologically contaminated equipment).

(2) "Procedures to minimize the spread of radioactivity will be implemented as 
soon as possible."

(3) "Radioactive material and waste will not be locally disposed of through 
burial, submersion, incineration, destruction in place, or abandonment" and

(4) "All equipment, to include captured or combat RCE, will be surveyed, 
packaged, retrograded, decontaminated and released IAW Technical Bulletin 
9-1300-278, DA PAM 700-48" (Note: Maximum exposure limits are specified in 
Appendix F).

The previous and current use of uranium weapons, the release of radioactive 
components in destroyed U.S. and foreign military equipment and releases of 
industrial, medical, research facility radioactive materials have resulted in 
unacceptable exposures. Therefore, decontamination must be completed, as 
required by U.S. Army Regulation 700-48 and should include releases of all 
radioactive materials resulting from military operations.

The extent of adverse health and environmental effects of uranium weapons 
contamination is not limited to combat zones but includes facilities and sites 
where uranium weapons were manufactured or tested including Vieques, Puerto 
Rico; Colonie, New York; Concord, MA; Jefferson Proving Grounds, Indiana; and 
Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Therefore medical care must be provided by the 
United States Department of Defense officials to all individuals affected by the
manufacturing, testing, and/or use of uranium munitions. Thorough environmental 
remediation also must be completed without further delay.

I am amazed that fifteen years after I was asked to clean up the initial DU mess
from Gulf War 1 and over ten years since I finished the depleted uranium 
project, that United States Department of Defense officials and others still 
attempt to justify uranium munitions use while ignoring mandatory requirements.

I am dismayed that Department of Defense and Department of Energy officials and 
representatives continue personal attacks aimed to silence or discredit those of
us who are demanding that medical care be provided to all DU casualties and that
environmental remediation is completed in compliance with U.S. Army Regulation 
700-48. But beyond the ignored mandatory actions, the wilful dispersal of tons 
of solid radioactive and chemically toxic waste in the form of uranium munitions
is illegal ( 
) and just does not even pass the common sense test and according to the U.S. 
Department of Homeland Security, DHS, is a dirty bomb. DHS issued "dirty bomb" 
response guidelines, 

, on January 3, 2006 for incidents within the United States but ignore DOD use 
of uranium weapons and existing DOD regulations.

These guidelines specifically state that: "Characteristics of RDD and IND 
Incidents: A radiological incident is defined as an event or series of events, 
deliberate or accidental, leading to the release, or potential release, into the
environment of radioactive material in sufficient quantity to warrant 
consideration of protective actions. Use of an RDD or IND is an act of terror 
that produces a radiological incident."

Thus the use of uranium munitions is "an act or terror" as defined by DHS.

Finally, continued compliance with the infamous March 1991 Los Alamos Memorandum
that was issued to ensure continued use of uranium munitions can not be 

In conclusion: the President of the United States - George W. Bush, the Prime 
Minister of Great Britain - Tony Blair, and the Prime Minister of Israel - Ehud 
Olmert must acknowledge and accept responsibility for wilful use of illegal 
uranium munitions - their own "dirty bombs" - resulting in adverse health and 
environmental effects.

President Bush, Prime Minister Blair, and Prime Minister Olmert should order:

1. medical care for all casualties,
2. thorough environmental remediation,

3. immediate cessation of retaliation against all of us who demand compliance 
with medical care and environmental remediation requirements,

4. and stop the already illegal the use (UN finding) of depleted uranium 

References- these references are copies of the actual regulations and orders and
other pertinent official documents:







Dr. Doug Rokke, PhD.

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