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Text of Bill (pdf)*

Louisiana Activist Network
Bob Smith, Chair
Depleted Uranium Awareness Committee
P.O. Box 480
Franklinton, Louisiana 70438
(504) 581-1086


Louisiana became the first state in the nation to pass a bill to give the right to all servicemen and women returning from Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom for testing for depleted uranium contamination. Depleted uranium (DU), an extremely hazardous material, is a by-product of nuclear waste.

Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco signed the law on June 16 th . The bill, Act 69, was introduced in the Louisiana State House of Representatives by Rep. Juan LaFonta and co-sponsored by Rep. Jalila Jefferson-Bullock. The bill received unanimous bipartisan support.

Advocates testifying for the bill were Army veterans Bob Smith of New Orleans and Ward Reilly of Baton Rouge.

The effective date of the bill is August 15, 2005 just in time for the Louisiana Brigade, due to return home in October with approximately 4,500 National Guardsmen.

The test will be a best practices health-screening test for exposure to DU and will include a bioassay procedure involving sensitive methods capable of detecting DU at low levels and the use of equipment with the capacity to discriminate between different radioisotopes in naturally occurring levels of uranium and the characteristic ratio and marker for DU.

It was used extensively by the military as a hardener for ammunition and tanks in massive amounts in Afghanistan and Iraq. DU contamination can cause leukemia, various other cancers, DNA breakdown, and an unusually high occurrence of severe birth defects in offspring of soldiers who have come into contact with it.

Current mandatory testing by the Veterans Administration and the Department of Defense has been shown to be ineffective due to the lack of adequate testing procedures.

All soldiers should be tested but very few have been.

Bob Smith
Depleted Uranium Awareness Committee
Louisiana Activist Network

*Thanks to Leuren Moret for forwarding the text of the bill.

June 22, 2005 - page created by Charlie Jenks