SOLDIERS DON’T USE URANIUM PROTECTION MASKS – ASSOC PRESIDEN

AGI) – Rome, Italy,
Wednesday February 18, 2004

(AGI) – Rome, Italy, Feb. 16 – Italian soldiers deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq do not wear protective masks that impede inhalation of depleted uranium dust, wrote Falco Accame, president of the Armed Forces Victims Association, in a letter to the Italian president. According to Accame, norms were issued by the United States in 1993 for the use of masks in order to “impede the inhalation of uranium oxide that deposits in the soil of areas bombarded by weapons containing depleted uranium, which can be carried by the wind.” These norms are in effect for Italian forces since 1999. Accame also said that Italy has had “twenty deaths for suspected uranium contamination, and around 200 illnesses.” (AGI) –