Soldier, as your DU-related illness progresses you will likely
be on pain and chemotherapy medications. Such drugs are only
partly assimilated by the body with the remainder being expelled
in urine. Natural aquatic systems, the receiving waters for most
wastewater treatment plants, are already frighteningly impacted
by excess pharmaceuticals in wastewater, the long-term effects
of which are unknown but widely expected to be disastrous. What
will be the synergistic impact on these aquatic systems when
your radioactive waste mixes with the excess pharmaceuticals?
Our drinking water is part of this same water cycle, so you
should realize that you may end up contributing to the ruin of
our drinking water supply.
Soldier, some of your radioactive waste will be collected in
sludge digesters at the wastewater treatment plant while
awaiting it's transformation via composting into fertilizer. An
increasingly common method of sludge disposal is to spray it in
forested areas. What will be the effect of your radioactive
waste on the plants, animals and microscopic organisms living in
forested areas? Suppose a deer forages on vegetation growing in
your radioactive waste and then leaves radioactive droppings in
a place where a person or animal can contact them -- what is the
risk to that person or animal? Suppose a bird foraging in
vegetation growing in your radioactive waste in the forest flies
over and drops it's own radioactive bomb in a backyard where a
child is playing -- what risk is that to the child?
Soldier, you have chosen to go to Iraq and risk your life. That
was your decision, and tragically maybe you made it without
complete knowledge of what you were facing. You now have the
knowledge that you may become contaminated with DU, and that if
so, you are likely to become sick and share your contamination
with the rest of us. Deciding for yourself to go there and risk
your own health is one thing. It's another thing altogether to
make that decision for the rest of us.