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TimesOnline - UK radiation jump blamed on Iraq shells
RADIATION detectors in Britain recorded a fourfold increase in uranium levels in the atmosphere after the “shock and awe” bombing campaign against Iraq, according to a report.
Environmental scientists who uncovered the figures through freedom of information laws say it is evidence that depleted uranium from the shells was carried by wind currents to Britain.
he results from testing stations at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) in Aldermaston and four other stations within a 10-mile radius were obtained by Chris Busby, of Liverpool University’s department of human anatomy and cell biology.
Each detector recorded a significant rise in uranium levels during the Gulf war bombing campaign in March 2003. The reading from a park in Reading was high enough for the Environment Agency to be alerted.
Busby, who has advised the government on radiation and is a founder of Green Audit, the environmental consultancy, believes “uranium aerosols” from Iraq were widely dispersed in the atmosphere and blown across Europe.
“This research shows that rather than remaining near the target as claimed by the military, depleted uranium weapons contaminate both locals and whole populations hundreds to thousands of miles away,”
An astonishingly high rate of birth defects in the families of Gulf War veterans is especially troubling. For example, Laura Flanders reports that the Veterans Administration conducted a state-wide survey of 251 Gulf War veterans families in Mississippi (Ref. 46). Of their children conceived and born since the war, 67% have illnesses rated severe or have missing eyes, missing ears, blood infections, respiratory problems and fused fingers. Flanders goes on to say that the birth defects are consistent with the effects of radiation from DU and infection from sand fly bites. Others blame experimental vaccines, chemical warfare pills, the insect repellent DEET and smoke from oil well fires for causing birth defects.
Originally posted by Toadmund
It blows me away that the world turns a blind eye to this poison. It's the modern way to dispose of nuclear waste, give it to the enemy!
Radiation surge 'from building'
A four-fold increase in radiation levels in the Reading atmosphere could have been down to “local building work”.
Investigators from the Environment Agency were scrambled after tests in Prospect Park revealed rising levels of uranium.
Scientist Dr Chris Busby used the Freedom of Information Act to prise the test figures from the Government – and was shocked by what he discovered.
He believes everyone in Reading inhaled more than 23 million radioactive particles during the six-week high in March and April 2003. Dr Busby told the Evening Post: “It’s four times higher than the normal levels. I was surprised, to be honest, that there was such an increase. It’s a very serious matter.”
Dr Busby said the surge in radiation levels could have been down to the ‘Shock and Awe’ attacks launched by United States forces in Iraq beginning on March 20, 2003 – and that the uranium may have been carried across Europe in the atmosphere.
But top environment chiefs believe the sudden surge in uranium could have been down to building work in the area – although they won’t say where.
AWE Aldermaston and Burghfield are owned by the MoD, but since April 1, 2000 they have been privately managed by AWE-ML (Management Ltd), a consortium of three companies: BNFL, Lockheed Martin, and the facilities management company Serco. The overall objective of this consortium is to make a profit for its shareholders out of the business of building and maintaining Britain's bomb.
The first indications that new "special facilities" were to be built came in June 2002, when articles in the Observer and Guardian newspapers revealed that a Site Development Strategy Plan outlining new developments would be published in the next few weeks. The articles, which cited statements by AWE spokespeople, suggested that the plans involved not merely readiness to replace the Trident nuclear system, but also the possible development of new types of nuclear weapons. Not only would any replacement for Trident (as opposed to its withdrawal and dismantlement) be inconsistent with UK obligations under the NPT; concerns are also growing that Britain might seek to replace Trident with the kind of more 'usable' (some might say 'tactical') low yield or bunker-buster weapons that the Bush administration and US nuclear laboratories have shown such interest in.
The Site Development Strategy Plan was finally made public in August 2002. It emphasised a new image for AWE - turning it from an "industrial factory" into a "science and technology centre" - and included the development of a new science centre, which AWE would share with the academic community, environmental viewing platforms, landscaping schemes, new entrances and visitor centres.
But underneath the green-wash, there were four elements at the heart of the plan, which, taken together, would enable AWE to build new weapons.
i) The new laser facility, for which outline planning permission was granted in December 2003, will replace the existing HELEN laser, with "the UK's own national laser facility". A Notice of Proposed Development (NOPD) for this new laser, named 'Orion', was submitted to West Berkshire Council in October 2003.
The proposal, in outline form, was for a building 26m high; 110m long and 60m wide, for use as a laser generation plant, a target hall for the laser experiments, preparation rooms, laser diagnostics, laser development, optical coating and photometry.
According to the AWE Annual Report for 2002, Orion will be "1000 times more powerful and twice the physical size of the existing HELEN laser at AWE... [and] will enable conditions to be generated that will more closely simulate those found at the centre of a star or within a nuclear detonation - albeit on a minute scale. Laser light will be split into both 'long' and 'short' pulses of power. Ten long pulse beams will create enormous pressure. During this 'long' period, of one thousandth of a millionth of a second, two 'short' pulse beams, delivered in just one millionth of a millionth of a second, will create high temperatures."4 Supporting information to the West Berkshire Council stated that the laser facility is to be used to conduct experiments on minute particles of matter for the study of plasma physics. It is also intended for inertial confinement fusion (ICF) experiments, long associated with research, development and testing of nuclear weapons. Orion is due for completion at the end of 2007.
ii) A new hydrodynamics facility is also in the pipeline, to enable test data to equal that previously only available from underground nuclear tests.
iii) New laboratories are planned for materials testing. These new material science laboratories will also, according to AWE publications, provide underground-test-quality diagnosis of weapons' materials.
iv) Finally, AWE now has in place its much vaunted supercomputer to transpose test data into mathematical models of warhead performance.
Originally posted by XphilesPhan
I am somehow doubtful DU blew across the mid-east to europe....
ok, lets compare the explosion at chenobyl to these DU traces.....I got a feeling chernobyl would of blown more radiactive material into the atmosphere than DU from Iraq did.
On a side note, it is said everyone in the US has minute quantities of plutonium in their system...I dont really see a devastating jump in birth defects and this happened in 70' or 80's I think...it had to do with NASA.
anyway dont panic! I dont think we have all been poisoned.
Uranium is one of the heaviest elements on the planet it has a specific gravity of 18.7 it would not spread thousands of miles. It would be like saying gold dust which has a specific gravity of 19 is going to travel thousands of miles These "Environmental scientists" should brush up on their physics because they sound like morons.
I don't use the word massive lightly. The official Veterans Administration GWVIS report of September 2002 states that 159,238 soldiers who were in the Gulf in 1990-91 are disabled. Of that number over 111,000 are 10% or more disabled. 8,000 Gulf War vets have died.
Originally posted by Toadmund
Do they still sound like morons?