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New Findings Allay Concerns Over Depleted Uranium

Science  13 Sep 2002:
Vol. 297, Issue 5588, pp. 1801
DOI: 10.1126/science.297.5588.1801

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NATO aircraft fired several tons of armor-piercing weapons made from depleted uranium at Serb military targets in Kosovo in 1999. To assess the danger, if any, of the resulting radiation to soldiers and local people, the United Nations Environment Programme dispatched teams of researchers to Kosovo in November 2000. At a radioecology conference last week in Monaco (see main text), one of those teams presented results that should calm the nerves of peacekeepers and Kosovars.