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Originally posted by BlasteR This is may be standard practice as far as I know, but I thought it was odd that this sign was posted on a door where no radiated items were being held. If, indeed, the rounds are depleted and not dangerous, why would this sign be on the door telling you it was. I never was able to figure out why. I asked my supervisor once about it and even he didn't know.
Where is the test data and physical evidence to support your claim that radiation - by this I assume you mean residual radiation or fallout - has caused any depopulation of the Continental U.S?
The research shows that the most likely cause for thyroid cancer is from radiation (Hanford Thyroid Disease Study, 1997), which would support the data showing that the rise in thyroid cancer in Mt from 1980, 90, 2000 was due to the government nuclear testing done at the NTS. In conclusion, the main pathway for I-131 is milk, I-131 is then taken in, to the thyroid gland, and the thyroid gland cannot control the unstable isotope. I-131 is beta radiation and becomes extremely hazardous when ingested. Therefore, the U.S. military tested nuclear weapons at the NTS during the 1950's and 60's and 10 to 40 years later the American people were diagnosed with thyroid cancer. In exposing the United States to an unstable isotope, Iodine-131, an increasing amount of thyroid cancer was located in the public.
Soon after the Iraq War, the World Health Organisation and other leading scientific organisations began to warn that children who come into contact with DU-contaminated shells faced health risks. Their warnings were based on expert analysis. "Children playing with soil may be identified as the critical population group, with inhalation and/or ingestion of contaminated soil as the critical pathway," the scholarly peer-reviewed Journal of Environmental Radioactivity reported in February 2003.
Since the Gulf War, the US military has denied that DU poses any health risks and has even tried to suppress the growing evidence that DU is a toxic killer that should be banned. As Ed Ericson, wrote in the May-June 2003 issue of E: The Environmental Magazine, the Pentagon, "has cashiered or attempted to discredit its own experts, ignored their advice, impeached scientific research into DU's health effects and assembled a disinformation campaign to confuse the issue."
The stonewalling began after the 1991 Gulf War, in which the US and British military forces fired about 350 tons of DSU at Iraqi tanks and other targets. After the war, Iraqi doctors began reporting shrapnel increases in cancer and birth defects in southern Iraq. The suspicion has been that DU may have caused the problems, but the Pentagon has claimed that the charge is unsubstantiated. During Saddam Hussein's regime, Iraqi medical researchers wanted to present their findings at international conferences but were prevented by the economic embargo of Iraq.
The US military insists that studies from the Gulf War have shown no long term problems from DU, It claims that its studies show that only soldiers who had shrapnel wounds from DU or who were inside tanks shot by DU shells and accidentally breathed radioactive dust were at risk. This would exclude any of the soldiers from the 42nd who have gotten sick after their Iraq tour.
But independent organisations say studies show DU can pose a health risk. In April, 2003, the Royal Society, Britain's leading scientific organisation, said that some soldiers could suffer from "kidney damage and an increased risk of lung cancer," depending on level of exposure.
The problem is no real studies of DU's long-term effects have been done. Scientists, in effect, have just begun to measure how much uranium is actually released when uranium-tipped ammunition hits its targets. Without these studies, no way can it be determined how much uranium dust soldiers are exposed to.
Originally posted by BlueRaja
reply to post by BlasteR
DU isn't dangerous externally. If you ingest it, or breath DU residue, then that is hazardous.