Depleted uranium hazard awareness in Iraq

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Dear Ministry of Defence,

previous statements from the MoD have indicated that hazard awareness work was undertaken by UK forces in southern Iraq following the 2003 invasion. The purpose was to educate Iraqi civilians about the hazards posed by sites and equipment contaminated by depleted uranium munitions.

I would like to know:

- Who undertook the work;
- Details of any cooperation with US forces or the Iraqi authorities in the hazard awareness programme;
- The scope of the work i.e. areas covered, length of time it took place for, who it was focused on and its cost;
- How many contaminated sites were marked and fenced in line with recommendations from international agencies.

Please could you also provide copies of any risk education materials - such as leaflets (in English or Arabic) and provide examples of the language and images used for signs marking contaminated sites.

Yours faithfully,

Doug Weir

Fred WP Dawson left an annotation ()

This link may provide some names who might be able to help

"Ron Brown, of the MOD Dstl Radiological Protection Services, gave a thorough overview of the origins and properties of DU, focusing on munitions, in the UK and abroad and public concerns arising from its use in the 1991 Gulf War. He gave a brief overview of past DU munitions studies by the UK and US governments and contrasted this with the lack of hard data used to back up claims made by pressure groups. He compared the known risks of DU with other battlefield risks, e.g. biological agents, chemical attacks and vaccines, and questioned whether peacetime dose limits should apply to soldiers on the battlefield"

Fred WP Dawson left an annotation ()

also see "The MOD Depleted Uranium
Programme Independent Review
Board: Closure Report"

ACP-CH-IHL (Sonnex, Peter Lt Col),

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Dear Mr Weir,


I am concerned the information you requested my not have been passed to
you in a timely manner. Please accept my apologies for any unintended


Please find attached my response to your request. I hope the information
is useful to you.


Yours sincerely,


Peter Sonnex


Lieutenant Colonel Peter Sonnex | International Humanitarian Law Policy
| Arms-Control and Counter-Proliferation Policy | Ministry of Defence
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Sec Pol Ops-DU BM2 (Skerritt, Simon C2),

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Dear Mr Weir,


PSA final response to your Freedom of Information request.




Simon Skerritt

Deputy Business Manager, Security Policy & Operations, Main Building,
Ministry of Defence, Whitehall, London SW1A 2HB.

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