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Capitol Health Call
June 4, 2003

DU Cleanup Bill Introduced

JAMA. 2003;289(21):2787. doi:10.1001/jama.289.21.2787-a

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.

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