A Hidden Danger In the Shells?

A Hidden Danger In the Shells?

Some soldiers who fought in the gulf may have been exposed to a battlefield risk that won't show itself for years. M1A1 Abrams tanks and A-10 Thunderbolt fighter-bombers fired thousands of high-velocity shells that are made with depleted uranium, an extremely heavy metal that enables the weapons to penetrate the armor of enemy tanks. On impact, radioactive oxidized uranium is released into the air, which may have exposed anyone downwind to a lung-cancer risk. The Army and Air Force have judged the use of these shells to be safe. Yet concern over the hazards of depleted uranium goes back to at...

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