Depleted uranium

The Guardian: Army shells pose cancer risk in Iraq.

The MoD’s response: “‘The UMRC appears to consider a small, highly localised area of contamination to present a large health risk. Use of “worst case” data to calculate risks to the population is inappropriate.'”

And yet elsewhere in the article: “Tedd Weymann, deputy director of UMRC, said: ‘At one point the readings were so high that an alarm on one of my instruments went off telling me to get back. Yet despite these alarmingly high levels of radiation children play on the tanks or close by.'”

So what then, according to the MoD, is considered a “large health risk”?