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Depleted Uranium Situation Worsens - Dr. Doug Rokke, PhD.
Sat Jul 5, 2008 08:20

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Depleted Uranium Situation Worsens Requiring Immediate Action
By President Bush, Prime Minister Brown, and Prime Minister Olmert

Dr. Doug Rokke, PhD.
former Director, U.S. Army Depleted Uranium project
June 11, 2008

During the summer of 1991, the United States military had
collected artillery, tanks, Bradley fighting vehicles,
conventional and unconventional munitions, trucks, etc. at
Camp Doha in Kuwait. As result of carelessness this weapons
depot caught fire with consequent catastrophic explosion
resulting in death, injury, illness and extensive
environmental contamination from depleted uranium and
conventional explosives. Recently the emirate of Kuwait
required the United States Department of Defense to remove
the contamination. Consequently, over 6,700 tons of
contaminated soil sand and other residue was collected and
has been shipped back to the United States for burial by
American Ecology at Boise Idaho. When Bob Nichols, an
investigative journalist, and I contacted American Ecology
we found out that they had absolutely no knowledge of U.S.
Army Regulation 700-48, U.S. Army PAM 700-48, U.S. Army
Technical Bulletin 9-1300-278, and all of the medical orders
dealing with depleted uranium contamination, environmental
remediation procedures, safety, and medical care . They had
never heard of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
guidelines for dealing with mixed – hazardous waste such as
radioactive materials and conventional explosives
byproducts. (reference "Approaches for the Remediation of
Federal Facility Sites Contaminated with Explosives or
Radioactive Wastes", EPA/625/R-93/013, September 1993). The
shipment across the ocean, unloading at Longview,
Washington State port, transport by rail, and burial in
Idaho endangers not only the residents of these areas but
poses a significant agricultural threat through introduction
of pests, microbes, etc. foreign to our nation.

Sadly the known adverse health and environmental hazards
from uranium weapons contamination are in our own backyard.
The EPA has listed the former Nuclear Metals- Starmet
uranium weapons manufacturing site in Concord Ma. On EPA’s
Superfund National Priority List because it poses a
significant risk to public health and the environment.
Consequently the community in which our nation was born on
April 18, 1775 is now the location of America’s own closed
dirty bomb factory that will endanger the health and safety
of the descendants of our original patriots- “the

The previous delivery of at least 100 GBU 28 bunker busters
bombs containing depleted uranium warheads by the United
States and their use by Israel against Lebanese targets has
resulted in additional radioactive and chemical toxic
contamination with consequent adverse health and
environmental effects throughout the middle east. Israeli
tank gunners are also using depleted uranium tank rounds as
photographs verify.

Today, U.S., British, and now Israeli military personnel are
using illegal uranium munitions- America's and England's
own "dirty bombs" while U.S. Army, U.S. Department of
Energy, U.S. Department of Defense, and British Ministry of
Defence officials deny that there are any adverse health and
environmental effects as a consequence of the manufacture,
testing, and/or use of uranium munitions to avoid liability
for the willful and illegal dispersal of a radioactive toxic
material - depleted uranium.

The use of uranium weapons is absolutely unacceptable, and a
crime against humanity. Consequently the citizens of the
world and all governments must force cessation of uranium
weapons use. I must demand that Israel now provide medical
care to all DU casualties in Lebanon and clean up all DU

U.S. and British officials have arrogantly refused to comply
with their own regulations, orders, and directives that
require United States Department of Defense officials to
provide prompt and effective medical care to "all" exposed
individuals. Reference: Medical Management of Unusual
Depleted Uranium Casualties, DOD, Pentagon, 10/14/93,
Medical Management of Army personnel Exposed to Depleted
Uranium (DU) Headquarters, U.S. Army Medical Command 29
April 2004, and section 2-5 of U.S. Army Regulation 700-48.
Israeli officials must not do so now.

They also refuse to clean up dispersed radioactive
Contamination as required by Army Regulation- AR 700-48:
"Management of Equipment Contaminated With Depleted Uranium
or Radioactive Commodities" (Headquarters, Department Of The
Army, Washington, D.C., September 2002) and U.S. Army
Technical Bulletin- TB 9-1300-278: "Guidelines For Safe
Response To Handling, Storage, And Transportation Accidents
Involving Army Tank Munitions Or Armor Which Contain
Depleted Uranium" (Headquarters, Department Of The Army,
Washington, D.C., JULY 1996). Specifically section 2-4 of
United States Army Regulation-AR 700-48 dated September 16,
2002 requires that:
(1) "Military personnel "identify, segregate, isolate,
secure, and label all RCE" (radiologically contaminated

(2) "Procedures to minimize the spread of radioactivity will
be implemented as soon as possible."

(3) "Radioactive material and waste will not be locally
disposed of through burial, submersion, incineration,
destruction in place, or abandonment" and

(4) "All equipment, to include captured or combat RCE, will
be surveyed, packaged, retrograded, decontaminated and
released IAW Technical Bulletin 9-1300-278, DA PAM 700-48"
(Note: Maximum exposure limits are specified in Appendix F).

DOD leaders are not showing the DU training tapes to
military personnel. These three video tapes: (1) "Depleted
Uranium Hazard Awareness", (2) "Contaminated and Damaged
Equipment Management", and (3) "Operation of the AN/PDR 77
Radiac Set" are essential to understanding the hazards from
the use of uranium weapons and management of uranium weapons
contamination. DOD leaders must show these tapes to all
military personnel involved in the use of uranium weapons
and the consequent management of uranium contamination.

The previous and current use of uranium weapons, the release
of radioactive components in destroyed U.S. and foreign
military equipment, and releases of industrial, medical,
research facility radioactive materials have resulted in
unacceptable exposures. Therefore, decontamination must be
completed as required by U.S. Army Regulation 700-48 and
should include releases of all radioactive materials
resulting from military operations.

The extent of adverse health and environmental effects of
uranium weapons contamination is not limited to combat zones
in the Balkans, Iraq, and Afghanistan but includes
facilities and sites where uranium weapons were manufactured
or tested including Vieques; Puerto Rico; Colonie, New
York; Concord, MA; Jefferson Proving Grounds, Indiana; and
Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Therefore medical care must be
provided by the United States Department of Defense
officials to all individuals affected by the manufacturing,
testing, and/or use of uranium munitions. Thorough
environmental remediation also must be completed without
further delay.

I am amazed that fifteen years after was I asked to clean up
the initial DU mess from Gulf War 1 and over ten years
since I finished the depleted uranium project that United
States Department of Defense officials and others still
attempt to justify uranium munitions use while ignoring
mandatory requirements. I am dismayed that Department of
Defense and Department of Energy officials and
representatives continue personal attacks aimed to silence
or discredit those of us who are demanding that medical care
be provided to all DU casualties and that environmental
remediation is completed in compliance with U.S. Army
Regulation 700-48. But beyond the ignored mandatory actions
the willful dispersal of tons of solid radioactive and
chemically toxic waste in the form of uranium munitions is
illegal (
) and just does not even pass the common sense test and
according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, DHS,
is a dirty bomb. DHS issued "dirty bomb" response

, on January 3, 2006 for incidents within the United States
but ignore DOD use of uranium weapons and existing DOD
regulations. These guidelines specifically state that:
"Characteristics of RDD and IND Incidents: A radiological
incident is defined as an event or series of events,
deliberate or accidental, leading to the release, or
potential release, into the environment of radioactive
material in sufficient quantity to warrant consideration of
protective actions. Use of an RDD or IND is an act of
terror that produces a radiological incident." Thus the use
of uranium munitions is "an act or terror" as defined by
DHS. Finally continued compliance with the infamous March
1991 Los Alamos Memorandum that was issued to ensure
continued use of uranium munitions can not be justified.

In conclusion: the President of the United States- George W.
Bush, the Prime Minister of Great Britain-Gordon Brown, and
the Prime Minister of Israel Olmert must acknowledge and
accept responsibility for willful use of illegal uranium
munitions- their own "dirty bombs"- resulting in adverse
health and environmental effects.

President Bush, Prime Minister Brown, and Prime Minister
Olmert should order:

1. medical care for all casualties,

2. thorough environmental remediation,

3. immediate cessation of retaliation against all of us who
demand compliance with medical care and environmental
remediation requirements,

4. and stop the already illegal the use (UN finding) of
depleted uranium munitions.
References- these references are copies the actual
regulations and orders and other pertinent official

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