by US Navy – Ground Zero Center
FOIA Document shows Navy has been aware problems associated with DU since 14 May 1984
This Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) sheet (shown with 3 photos of documents) was released from the Department of the Navy, Naval Surface Warfare Center in Crane, Indiana, on 22 May 03 in response to a 2 April 03 Freedom of Information Act request by Glen Milner of the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action.
The Material Safety Data Sheet, dated 14 May 1984, shows the Navy has been aware of many of the problems associated with depleted uranium since that time.
Glen Milner worked with others to expose the fact that the US Navy has been firing ‘depleted’ uranium off the coast of Washington State.
A 28-minute (mp3) October 6, 2003 interview with Glen Milner may be heard on the Traprock website.
The documents, which are reproduced in PDF form on the Traprock website, contain the following disclosures:
8. Should DU be handled in powdered form [DU munitions create a fine powder when fired due to their pyrophoric nature] or should a DU penetrator oxidize resulting from a penetrator’s involvement in an accident such as a fire, then the intake of DU aerosol or ash via inhalation, ingestion or absorption presents an internal radiation hazard.
9. Depending on the solubility of the particular DU compound in body fluids, it may also be toxic, particular to the kidney.
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