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FACT SHEET #2 – Non-Nuclear Network

SASKATCHEWAN URANIUM BEING USED IN NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND DU BULLETS

Nuclear proponents claim SK uranium is only used for “peaceful purposes.” This is untrue. All SK uranium from the 1950s to late 1960s was used for producing nuclear weapons; which, if used, would certainly end life as we know it. And, though the 1970 Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) says SK (Canadian) uranium is not to be used for military purposes, this is still happening.

FACT: For every 10 kilos of uranium that enters the enrichment facility, only 1 kilo gets sent to the customer for use as reactor fuel. The other 9 kilos stay behind as “depleted uranium”, or DU, which has no civilian use but a host of military uses.

Nuclear weapons countries use this DU to make weapons-grade plutonium, which is done by bombarding DU with neutrons inside a military reactor. DU is also used directly in the construction of Hydrogen bombs, more than doubling its explosive power and contributing over 90% of the potential radioactivity from these monstrous bombs.

FACT: Canadian DU is not separated from that from any other country, and the military helps itself to this radioactive waste for its military needs. There are no safeguards or international inspection for DU. And SK (Canada) does nothing to stop DU from its exported uranium from being used for military purposes.

DU is also used to create DU (anti-tank) Bullets that have been widely used by the U.S. and NATO in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan. Upon impact these weapons burst into flame and release cancer-causing uranium aerosols into the surrounding and distant environment. The half-life of uranium is 4.5 billion years so these carcinogens are being spread “forever”.

FACT: Since DU Bullets were used in Basra, Iraq in 1991 there has been a seven-fold increase in childhood cancers and in gross congenital abnormalities. Much more DU has been spread into Iraq since the U.S. invasion in 2003, and increased childhood cancers are already showing.

As the major source of uranium for the U.S., DU from SK uranium is bound to be going into their DU Bullets. And there is direct evidence that this has happened.

FACT: In 1993 the Inter-Church Uranium Committee (ICUC) released an Application for License to Export Nuclear Material Equipment, issued by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on March 8, 1988. The suppliers name was Sequoyah Fuels Corporation at Oklahoma City, where SK uranium (yellowcake) gets shipped for processing; and the “ultimate consignee” was Eldorado Resources in Port Hope, Ontario. The “ultimate end use” was depleted uranium alloyed metal bullets for Aerojet Ordinance, Tennessee. The Application says, “AOT will supply uranium hexaflouride (UF4) to Eldorado Resources who will use it to manufacture Depleted Uranium metal for AOT’s use in manufacturing depleted uranium penetrators on U.S. Dept. of Defense Contracts.”

Main Sources: Gordon Edwards, “The Peaceful Atom Goes To War”, Can. Coalition for Nuclear Responsibility (2006); Ch 3, Helen Caldicott, “Nuclear Power Is Not The Answer” (2006); ICUC (1993); Jim Harding “Canada’s Deadly Secret”(2007).

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