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Iraq's depleted uranium clean-up to cost $30m as contamination spreads

Report
says toxic waste is being spread by scrap metal dealers, and describes
its 'alarming' use in civilian areas during Iraq wars

Cleaning up more than 300 sites in Iraq (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/iraq)
still contaminated by depleted uranium (DU) weapons will cost at least
$30m, according to a report by a Dutch peace group to be published on
Thursday.

The report, which was funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (http://www.ikvpaxchristi.nl/media/files/in-a-state-of-uncertainty.pdf),
warns that the contamination is being spread by poorly regulated scrap
metal dealers, including children. It also documents evidence that DU
munitions were fired at light vehicles, buildings and other civilian
infrastructure including the Iraqi Ministry of Planning in Baghdad –
casting doubt on official assurances that only armoured vehicles were
targeted. "The use of DU in populated areas is alarming," it says,
adding that many more contaminated sites are likely to be discovered, it
says.

Full story via The Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/mar/06/iraq-depleted-uranium-clean-up-contamination-spreads (http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/mar/06/iraq-depleted-uranium-clean-up-contamination-spreads)

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