reply to post by stumason
you think it is used occasionaly i think it has been used more, the royal society also seem to think so too.
Hundreds of tonnes of depleted uranium used by Britain and the United States in Iraq should be removed to protect the civilian population, the Royal
Society said, contradicting Pentagon claims it was not necessary.
Professor Brian Spratt, chairman of the Royal Society working group on depleted uranium: "We recommend that fragments of depleted uranium penetrators
should be removed, and areas of contamination should be identified and, where necessary, made safe." He added: "We also recommend long-term
sampling, particularly of water and milk, to detect any increase in uranium levels in areas where depleted uranium has been used. This provides a
cost-effective method of monitoring sensitive components in the environment, and of providing information about uranium levels to concerned local
populations." (Guardian April 17, 2003)
i said tanks used d.u you have agreed. d.u is dangerous ofr people, it may be designed to destroy enemy armour or in fact any ENEMY but due to its
properties, and these being that it is a pyrophoric meaning it is burns and explodes into tiny particles, which are then very hard to clean up, but
also very easy to consume,or breathe
While DU may not be an external hazard it is an internal hazard and with consequent inhalation, ingestion, and wound contamination poses significant
and unacceptable risks. Although, DU is 60 % less radioactive than natural uranium because U-234 and U-235 which emit gamma rays and beta particles
have been removed Depleted uranium or uranium 238 is still very dangerous as an internal hazard because the alpha particle emissions are not reduced
but proportionally increased. Also spent penetrators or parts of penetrators emit at 300 mrem/ hour and thus can not be touched or picked up without
oh dear, not very nice is it? especially as it has a half life of 4.468 billion years.
Look beyond how they used it in 2003 stumason, its still there, those targets that got lit up are gone, but do the civilians in the vicinity deserve
to be breathing this crap? or geting it in their food and water supply?
british army HAS used it. to the levell where even the u.n wants to know how much they used. The U.S forces have used more d.u i have no doubt about
that. but theres no excuses.
the u.s manufactures d.u rounds in all shapes and sizes.7.62 mm with unspecified mass
50 cal. With unspecified mass
20 mm with a mass of approximately 180 grams.
25 mm with a mass of approximately 200 grams.
30 mm with a mass of approximately 280 grams.
105 mm with a mass of approximately 3500 grams.
120 mm with a mass of approximately 4500 grams
being a member of nato with the emphasis on using the same rounds, so we could share them in time of war, what makes you think we havent used it? and
even if 1 damn round is fired do you think its o.k?
[edit on 3-1-2010 by hans kammler]