Environmental News Service

DEPLETED URANIUM MAY BE CAUSE OF GULF WAR ILLNESS

January 27, 1999

The National Gulf War Resource Center, a coalition of veterans groups based in Washington, now estimates that as many as 600,000 Gulf War soldiers could have been exposed to depleted uranium, the San Francisco Examiner reported Saturday. The exposure could be an explanation for the pervasive and so far unexplained Gulf War illness. Last December, nearly eight years after the Gulf War, the Pentagon showed President Bill Clinton's Oversight Committee a map of the Gulf War battlefield, that detailed sites where Army tanks and Air Force jets fired more than 300 tons of depleted uranium ammunition at Iraqi troops in 1991. "The map shows that almost every combat unit goes through contaminated areas twice," said Paul Sullivan, executive director of the National Gulf War Resource Center. He said that soldiers traveled on contaminated roads and may have camped on contaminated land for two months.