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Aug 06 2013

Canada exports Depleted Uranium

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I was shocked and more than a bit upset when I found this article on Canada’s export of Depleted Uranium.

Depleted Uranium and Canada’s Role

So, what is depleted Uranium?

It’s a byproduct of the production of enriched uranium for use in nuclear reactors and in the manufacture of nuclear weapons. 

“Since 2001, medical personnel at the Basra hospital in southern Iraq have reported a sharp increase in the incidence of child leukemia and genetic malformation among babies born in the decade following the Gulf War. Iraqi doctors attributed these malformations to possible long-term effects of DU, an opinion that was echoed by several newspapers.[73][124][125][126] In 2004, Iraq had the highest mortality rate due to leukemia of any country.[127] In 2003, the Royal Society called for Western militaries to disclose where and how much DU they had used in Iraq so that rigorous, and hopefully conclusive, studies could be undertaken out in affected areas.[128] The International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons (ICBUW) likewise urged that an epidemiological study be made in the Basra region, as asked for by Iraqi doctors,[129] but no peer-reviewed study has yet been undertaken in Basra.

As you can see here: Belgium Bans Uranium Weapons and Armour.

Canada should stop exporting Depleted Uranium

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  1. Cancer Defect

    Depleted uranium hexafluoride (DUF6) is generated in large quantities through the uranium enrichment process. The term “Depleted” indicates that most of the more useful U-235

    isotope of uranium has been removed through an enrichment process. DUF6 has been generated, transported, stored, and managed safely in the U.S. for several decades. However,

    it is a fluorine compound that can react with water or ethanol to produce toxic fumes of hydrofluoric acid

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