World Health Organization
Keith Baverstock PhD, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Kuopio, KUOPIO, Finland.
Paper prepared for the International Uranium Weapons Conference, Hamburg, Germany, 16 - 19, 2003.
Presentation on depleted uranium to the European Parliament by Keith Baverstock (Source grassrootspeace.org)
Keith Baverstock PhD, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Kuopio, KUOPIO, Finland. Presentation held on 23 June 2005.
Abstract: I have, during a career of some 30 years, developed expertise in evaluating risks regarding the environmental and occupational exposure to ionising radiation and radioactive materials in many different situations. I have done this in the context of employment by the UK Medical Research Council (1971 to 1991) and the European Regional Office of the World Health Organisation (1991 to 2003), both ostensibly "independent" organisations.
Background: The military use of depleted uranium (DU) and/or recycled uranium (RU) has given rise to public concern as to the impact on public health of exposure to environmental sources. Exposure to soluble natural uranium, through drinking water and the food chain, is ubiquitous. After military use, DU / RU are present in the environment either as metal or as oxide dusts. Due to the low specific activity of uranium, the potential effects of exposure are generally attributed to chemical toxicity. Insoluble particulates may be an exception.