Publisher Summary Depleted uranium (DU) is produced as a by-product or waste material in the production of enriched uranium for use in nuclear reactors or in weapons programmes. DU is thus a material that has been produced from natural uranium ore because of the application of technology. As such it falls into the category of a TENORM (technologically enhanced naturally occurring radioactive material). In the case of its chemical toxicity, it is quite likely in target areas that the stringent health standards of the WHO may be exceeded for ingestion and for drinking water in particular. In the case of DU contaminated water supplies or soil, a number of preventative or remedial options exist that can be considered by local health authorities. Prohibiting or restricting access to or use of these resources is one option.
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