Depleted uranium is a long-term, life-threatening nuclear weapon that the U.S. currently uses. This type of weapon meets the definition of weapon of mass destruction in two out of three categories under U.S. Federal Code (Title 50 Chapter 40 Section 2302). Depleted Uranium on the battlefield has three effects on living systems: it is a heavy metal “chemical” poison, a “radioactive” poison and has a “particulate” effect due to the very tiny size of the particles that are 0.1 microns and smaller. As with the birth defects in Vietnam from Agent Orange, the birth defect effects in Kosovo and Iraq from DU are rapidly becoming known.
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