AUTHORThe Royal Society
TITLEThe Health Hazards of Depleted Uranium Munitions: Part II
PERIODICAL TITLEThe Royal Society
DATE PUBLISHED2002
VOLUME NUMBERn/a
ISSUE NUMBERMarch
PAGE NUMBERS1-146
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This second part of a two-part series by the British Royal Society evaluates the non-radiological effects of depleted uranium (DU) on human health and the effects of long-term environmental DU contamination. Uranium is a heavy metal hazardous to living things and is a nephrotoxin. Specifically, the report investigates the toxicological effects of DU on humans, especially with regard to its effect on kidneys. The scientific panel also examines the enduring consequences of environmental DU contamination for the people who live and work in such contaminated areas. Of concern to the general population would be children playing where soil is contaminated by buried penetrators, and subsequent contamination of well water, while of concern for soldiers would be uranium levels in kidneys after survival in tanks struck by DU rounds or after protracted work in heavily contaminated vehicles. The scientists also respond to the questions and concerns generated by the release of the panel’s first report in 2001 on the radiological effects of DU.



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