Revelations over legality of Scottish DU tests trigger anger
Revelations over legality of Scottish depleted uranium testing trigger fresh anger
Scottish politicians have reacted angrily to the news that the
test firing of DU in Scotland may breach the UK's marine protection
obligations under the OSPAR convention.
14 March 2013 - ICBUW (mailto:[email protected])
Declassified documents relating to the Dundrennan firing range in southern Scotland, which were obtained by the Campaign Against Depleted Uranium (http://www.cadu.org.uk) (CADU), have revealed that the MoD used what campaigners have described as 'semantic trickery' to justify the dumping of more than 6000 DU rounds in the Solway Firth. Under the OSPAR Convention (http://www.ospar.org/),
which aims to protect the marine environment of the north west
Atlantic, signatories are banned from dumping toxic waste. Conscious of
this, the MoD has sought to sidestep the treaty by arguing that the
firing of chemically toxic and radioactive DU is in fact 'placing',
which unlike dumping, is allowed under OSPAR rules.
Supporters are now helping to