DU soil contamination during test trials

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Dear Ministry of Defence,

In the document 'Comparison of Kirkcudbright and Eskmeals Environmental Monitoring Data With Generalised Limits for Uranium' DPRS report 167/2002, para 3.1.2 states that:

'If a projectile is known to break up in flight overland over land or to have gone astray, special sampling has often been undertaken in the known or suspected area of impact.'

The information I request is:

a, the known number of projectiles that have broken up over land

b, the use of the term 'suspected area' implies the locations of some malfunctioning rounds are not known. I would like data pertaining to the number of rounds where this is the case.

c, the results of the special sampling that has been undertaken

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Yours faithfully,

Rachel Thompson

Fred WP Dawson left an annotation ()

This extract from Hansard might be useful

http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/commo...

"W. S. Atkins report refers to the malfunction rate at three of the ranges between commencement of the trials in 1981 and January 1994, when the survey was conducted. The rates vary between 4 per cent. at Raeberry and 0.6 per cent. at Balig. Taking into account the fact that 4,595 shells were fired at Dundrennan during the period in question, and taking even the lowest malfunction range, 1040 as the figures are not split for the various ranges, that means that 27 firings were subject to malfunction in that period."

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Dear Ms Thompson

 

Thank you for your email of 7 February 2012 requesting information about
projectile data. I apologise for the delay in acknowledging your request.

 

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Dear Ms Thompson

 

Please find attached a response to your recent request for information.

 

Many thanks

 

Freedom of Information (FOI) Manager

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Dear DIO Sec-Group Mailbox (MULTIUSER),

Thank you very much for this information, it has been very helpful.

A number of articles were mentioned in the paper 'Depleted Uranium Munitions and Assessment of the Potential Hazards' by R Brown, DERA Radiation Protection Services, which I have been unable to get hold of and hoped that you could send me a copy:

Reference 10. AMCCOM Task Group, Report, Kinetic Energy Penetrator Long Term Strategy Study, July 1990

Reference 11. AEPI, Health and Environmental Consequences of Depleted Uranium Use in the US Army: Technical Report, US Army Environemental Policy Institute, June 1995

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

Rachel

DIO Sec-Group Mailbox (MULTIUSER), Ministry of Defence

Dear Ms Thompson

Both the requested documents are available in the public domain.

A google search of both documents brought up a number of sources including the following:

http://www.fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/land/...

http://www.dtic.mil/cgi-bin/GetTRDoc?Loc...

Many thanks

Freedom of Information (FOI) Manager

DIO Secretariat

Defence

Infrastructure

Organisation

Kingston Road, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B75 7RL

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