2002 CPEO Military List Archive

From: petestrauss1@attbi.com
Date: 25 Jan 2002 20:31:29 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: Re: [CPEO-MEF] DU munitions
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I often don't disagree with you, but I would not want to speculate that 
"qualitatively" a dirty nuke made of DU is comparable to the release of 
TCE from your average industrial or military facility.  I am not a 
health physicist, but one would have to know particle size, particle 
energy, oxidation state and a range of other variables to assess the 
harm of a dirty nuke.  We should assume that if this type of weapon were 
to be used, those responsible would attempt to make maximum impact, 
probably by detonation in a high population density area. Also, it is my 
understanding that DU is also a gamma emitter, albeit not a very strong 

Its also important to point out that almost the entire scientific
community is in agreement that that there is no safe level of radiation 
exposure. A radioactive particle deposited in the lung can effect many 
cells. One cell gone awry can start uncontrolled cellular growth causing 


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