depleted uranium


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depleted uranium

[də′plēd·əd yu̇′rān·ē·əm]
(nucleonics)
Uranium having a smaller percentage of uranium-235 than the 0.7% found in natural uranium.
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The UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia has also admitted"there is evidence of use of depleted uranium (DU) projectiles by NATO aircraft during the bombing campaign.
amp;nbsp; The United States also condemned the Iraqi government for using depleted uranium in a 2014 reports, calling the weapons, "a danger to human beings and the environment.
He told the Commission that he had no expertise of depleted uranium and so had not investigated it.
The US-led coalition forces used depleted uranium (DU) as a "penetrator " at the core of armor piercing tank rounds in the 1991 and 2003 wars.
When US military personnel who had taken part in the 1991 Gulf War started displaying a wide range of disabling medical symptoms, fingers were pointed at the highly toxic and mildly radioactive US munitions made with depleted uranium that many of them had been exposed to.
An IAEA article on the use of depleted uranium says: "There is a risk of developing cancer from exposure to radiation emitted by .
DOE's current legal authority to sell its depleted uranium inventory "as is" is doubtful, but DOE generally has authority to carry out the other options.
Depleted uranium is radioactive for thousands of years and must be stored safely.
Alliant calls itself "the nation's leading producer of conventional munitions, serving both military and commercial markets" and has provided depleted uranium to the Department of Defense.
Worn-out gun tubes may have depleted uranium (DU) residue on their interior surfaces.
Fifteen years after the first operational use by the United States and United Kingdom of depleted uranium in antitank shells, the debate about reported health effects from use of depleted uranium munitions by American and British forces in Iraq, Kosovo and Afghanistan remains unresolved.
A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Defence said: "It is not sensible to suggest that depleted uranium from munitions in Iraq can be detected around Aldermaston or anywhere else in the UK.