RADIOLOGICAL CONDITIONS IN AREAS OF KUWAIT WITH RESIDUES OF DEPLETED URANIUM

Report by an international group of experts

Still having a look at this one. Interesting admission on page 7, implies that dirty DU has been put toward armaments for longer than I (in my innocence) would have guessed.

“There have been reports that the DU in munitions contains small amounts of other radionuclides, such as isotopes of americium and
plutonium, as well as 236U. The presence of these human-made radionuclides indicates that some of the DU has been obtained from
uranium that had been irradiated in nuclear reactors and subsequently reprocessed.

Published information for other theatres of war indicates that the amounts of these radionuclides present in DU are very small [8, 9].
[8] ROYAL SOCIETY, The Health Hazards of Depleted Uranium Munitions, Part I, Royal Society, London (2001).

[9] UNITED NATIONS ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME, Depleted Uranium in Kosovo, Post-Conflict Environmental Assessment, UNEP,
Nairobi (2001). Radiological Assessments, Rep. NRPB-M636, National Radiological Protection Board, Didcot, UK (1996).

The ratios of Pu238 toPU239&240, and U234:U238 given in Table II, on Page 8, should help when drawing inferences about the population dose commitment associated with DU weapons and remnants of war.