2005 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 9 May 2005 19:30:49 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Uranium testing for Louisiana vets
Toxic Tours of Duty? Historic legislation would ensure uranium testing
for local soldiers

By Jan Clifford
Louisiana Weekly
May 9, 2005

According to some military and science experts, the U.S. military has
been using the equivalent of dirty bombs in the 1991 Persian Gulf War,
Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom; and the
resulting contamination is biogenetically affecting U.S. and Iraqi
soldiers and civilians and will continue to do so for generations to

The Louisiana House of Representatives became the first legislative body
in the nation to acknowledge the toxic effects of depleted uranium (DU)
when it passed a bill on Tuesday that guarantees DU testing for war
veterans as a medical benefit. The bill passed by a vote of 101-0. No
state expenses will be incurred since the federal government subsidizes
the $170 test. The bill will become law if passed by the state Senate
and signed by Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco. 


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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
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