from Sunday Herald, 11 March 2001
The number of depleted uranium (DU) shells that have misfired and caused radioactive contamination at a military range in south west Scotland is four times greater than previously admitted, the Sunday Herald can reveal.
The revelation will reignite fears about risks to the health of people who live around the Dundrennan army range near Kirkcudbright, and put the Ministry of Defence under renewed pressure to cancel its plans to test more DU shells over the next few months. Misfired shells can create clouds of toxic uranium dust, which is dangerous because it can be inhaled.
"I am aghast at this business. I find it alarming that the military think they can get away with it," said John Large, an independent nuclear consultant who advises the government. "It is so primitive that they haven't thought this through."