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See more on depleted uranium
And US Places Soldiers at Risk with Diminished Training for 'Depleted' Uranium
See What Can I do? below
'Depleted Uranium Must Not be Used; If Used, the Army Must Follow its Own Regulations.
[These regulations demonstrate that the Army does consider DU to be dangerous radioactive material. - Traprock note]
By Major Doug Rokke
During the Sunday morning news on NBC TV a soldier in Kuwait verified by direct viewing that 25 millimeter uranium munitons were uploaded and ready for use by crewmembers of a Bradley Fighting vehicle that was ready for the assault on Iraq.
The October 14, 1993 Department of Defense / Department of the Army directive R 141130Z October 93 requires that military medical authorities complete a radiobioassay. It must be initiated immediately consisting of collection of 24 hour urine, nasal swabs, and collection analysis of all respiratory filters on all individuals who were exposed to uranium while: "(a) being in the midst of smoke from DU fires resulting from the burning of vehicles uploaded with DU munitions or depots in which DU munitina are being stored; (b) working in environments containing DU dust or residues from DU fires, and (c) being within a structure or vehicle while it is struck by a DU munition. "
The purpose of these essential immediate tests is to ascertain uranium exposures following the use of depleted uranium munitions. This directive is essntial and must be implemented for all individuals who are expsoed. This means all American, British and Iraqi's, or residents of any other nation who were exposed to uranium contamination.
Although the use of uranium munitions should never occur it is obvious that they are being used by U.S. and British forces during their attack on Iraq. The use of uranium munitions without the prescribed medical care for "all" exposed individuals is and will be a crime against humanity.
Following the use of uranium in combat, uranium contaminated equipment, structures, and terrain must be cleaned up in accordance with:
Army Regulation 700-xx (the full regulation is available at http://grassrootspeace.org/AR700FIN.pdf
Management of Equipment Contaminated with Depleted Uranium or Radioactive Commodities
Summary of Change
This new regulation -
Establishes formal Army policy and procedures for handling equipment that has been determined to be contaminated with depleted uranium or radioactive commodities.
Delineates actions as a result of combat and non-combat situations.
Prescribes guidance for handling foreign equipment that may be contaminated.
Establishes the Army Contaminated Equipment Retrograde Team.
History. This printing publishes a new Department of the Army Regulation.
Summary. This regulation prescribes policy and procedures for the management of equipment of equipment contaminated with DU or radioactive commodities (RCE). Handling procedures for contaminated equipment are prescribed in DA Pamphlet 700-xx.
Applicability. This regulation applies to Department of the Army (DA) commands, installations, and activities. This includes the U.S. Army Reserve (USAR) and the Army National Guard of the United States (ARNGUS). This regulation remains applicable to DA personnel deployed to either humanitarian or peacekeeping missions where the degree of readiness to respond to hostile fire requires the availability of radioactive commodities, such as depleted uranium, as a contingency.
Proponent and Exception Authority. The proponent of this Regulation is the HQDA Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics (ODCSLOG). The ODCSLOG has authority to approve exceptions to this regulation that are consistent with controlling law and regulation. Proponents may delegate this approval authority, in writing, to a division chief under their supervision within the proponent agency who holds the grade of colonel or civilian equivalent.
Interim Changes. Interim changes to this regulation are not official unless they are authenticated by the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army. Users will destroy interim changes on their expiration date unless sooner superseded or rescinded.
Suggested Improvements. Users are invited to send comments and suggested improvements on DA Form 2028 (Recommended Changes to Publications and Blank Forms) directly to Headquarters, Department of the Army (HQDA) (DALO-SMR), Washington, DC 20310-0500.
Distribution. Distribution of this publication is made in accordance with DA Form 12-09-E, block 5428, intended for command level B for Active Army, Army Reserve, and Army National Guard.
Although DU must not be used, it is being used. I need your assistence to esnure that medical care is provided for all DU casulties and to ensure that clean up is completed as required. If you have any questions please call me.
Dr. Dug Rokke
former Gulf War I U.S. Army DU team health physicist
former U.S. DOD / DA DU project director
What Can One Do?
Contact Media (media sources below) and Ask Them to Expose Health Risks of DU and Inquire Whether Army is Following its Regulations.
Contact UN and ask for Uniting for Peace Action by General Assembly. Read and Use UN Contact Kit
ABC News - 212-456-4040
CBS News - 212-975-3691
NBC News - 212-664-4971 CNN - 404-827-1511
Fox News - 212-301-3300
MSNBC - 201-583-5222
PBS - 703-998-2150
NPR - 202-513 3232 / Morning Edition comment line - 202-842 5044
NY Times - 212-556-1234 USA Today - 703-276-3400 WS Journal - 212-416-2000
Wash. Post - 202-334-6000 Time - 212-522-1212
U.S. News - 202-955-2000 AP 212-621-1600
MSNBC - 201-583-5000
CNBC - 201-585-2622
"Dan Rather" email@example.com
"NBC Nightly News" Nightly@nbc.com
"Peter Jennings" PeterJennings@abcnews.com
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"CBC THIS MORNING" firstname.lastname@example.org
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