Students say ´no´ to DU genocide (US)
TEHRAN (Press TV) ' A U.S. anti-war group has urged the University of Vermont to withdraw funds invested in companies that make munitions with depleted uranium.
Members of Students Against War (SAW) made the proposal in an open meeting with the University's Board of Trustees work group, the Vermont Cynic newspaper reported.
The companies are Halliburton, General Dynamics, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, Dyno Corp, and Lockheed Martin.
Members of SAW also established the six companies as war-profiteers by showing a graph of their stock values before and after the war in Iraq.
They said that many of the companies manufacture cluster bombs and munitions with depleted uranium - both of which can cause harm to civilians.
"As a former Marine, I can testify to what has been said," SAW member Matt Howard said. "I have been exposed to depleted uranium, and I have witnessed the faulty nature of these weapons systems."
The Board agreed that the production of cluster bombs and depleted uranium are concrete problems that can be addressed, but noted that the fault SAW found with the other companies applied to many corporations.
Depleted uranium (DU) is considered both a toxic and radioactive hazard that requires long term storage as low level nuclear waste in very large quantities.
Depleted uranium is a heavy metal with chemical toxicity properties that in high doses can cause adverse health effects.
Von: 04.12.2008, www.tehrantimes.com