Review of Toxicologic and Radiologic Risks to Military Personnel from Exposure to Depleted Uranium During and After Combat
by Committee on Toxicologic and Radiologic (9780309110365)

Review of Toxicologic and Radiologic Risks to Military Personnel from Exposure to Depleted Uranium During and After Combat
 

Committee on Toxicologic and Radiologic


Release Date: 31 Dec 2008
Format: Paperback / softback
Pages: 154
Category: Nuclear Weapons
ISBN: 9780309110365



Since the 1980s, the U.S. military has used depleted uranium in munitions and in protective armor on tanks. Depleted uranium is a toxic heavy metal and is weakly radioactive. Concerns have been raised about the adverse health effects from exposure to depleted uranium that is aerosolized during combat. Some think it may be responsible for illnesses in exposed veterans and civilians. These concerns led the Army to commission a book, "Depleted Uranium Aerosol Doses and Risks: Summary of U.S. Assessments", referred to as the Capstone Report that evaluates the health risks associated with depleted uranium exposure.This National Research Council book reviews the toxicologic, radiologic, epidemiologic, and toxicokinetic data on depleted uranium, and assesses the Army's estimates of health risks to personnel exposed during and after combat. The book recommends that the Army re-evaluate the basis for some of its predictions about health outcomes at low levels of exposure, but, overall, the Capstone Report was judged to provide a reasonable characterization of the exposure and risks from depleted uranium.

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