Congressman Jim McDermott, MD, (D, Wash) and 13 cosponsors have proposed
a bill calling for intense study of the health effects of depleted uranium
weapons, used by the US military since the 1991 Gulf War.
The bill would require the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
to conduct "comprehensive" studies on soldier and civilian health effects
and the Environmental Protection Agency to report on environmental effects
of the munitions wherever they were used, whether in domestic test ranges
or at foreign battle sites. The Department of Defense would be responsible
for any clean-up costs.
Vastag B. DU Cleanup Bill Introduced. JAMA. 2003;289(21):2787. doi:10.1001/jama.289.21.2787-a