|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||16 Dec 2004 06:45:59 -0000|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] DU Test|
How Good Is Good Enough? Chapter 5: The best test
The world's most accurate test for depleted uranium exposure is now available - but only in Britain and Germany. The Pentagon says U.S. vets don't need it.
BY BOB EVANS Hampton Roads Daily Press December 15, 2004
In Great Britain, veterans of the 1991 Gulf War are signing up to take the world's most precise test for determining exposure to depleted uranium.
The U.S. government advertises a test for its veterans of that war too. But the test that it offers can't detect uranium in low amounts, has a high error rate and uses equipment that's less sensitive and accurate than the machines the British are using. U.S. vets and soldiers who've had this test say they've been told they weren't exposed when, in fact, the tests were simply incapable of detecting whether depleted uranium was present.
Members of Congress have asked the Pentagon to look into testing programs in other countries. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff promised to do that in April. But after that promise was made, the officer in charge of U.S. testing said he had no reason to gather such data because his test was good enough.
For the entire article, see http://www.dailypress.com/news/specials/dp-du5,0,4881579.story?coll=dp-breaking-news
-- Lenny Siegel Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight c/o PSC, 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 http://www.cpeo.org
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