OTTAWA, Feb. 6, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of
Veterans Affairs, today released a report by the Scientific Advisory
Committee on Veterans' Health on the issue of depleted uranium titled: Depleted Uranium and Canadian Veterans: A Review of Potential Exposure
and Health Effects. The report addresses the subject of the potential exposure of Canadian
soldiers to levels of depleted uranium that could be harmful to their
health and the overall potential health effects of depleted uranium
"As some Canadian Veterans continue to be concerned about this issue, I
asked the Scientific Advisory Committee on Veterans' Health to look at
the scientific literature and assess the information available on the
effects of exposure to depleted uranium," said Minister Blaney. "I wish
to thank the Committee for this sound and in-depth report, and the
members for their continued commitment to examining issues of concern
to Canadian Veterans."
Over the past year, the Committee completed a thorough review of the
international scientific literature, and listened to expert witnesses
and Veterans on this topic. The report was independently reviewed and
validated by international experts.
The Scientific Advisory Committee on Veterans' Health is an independent
committee that comprises five experts with collective expertise in
scientific, medical and military matters. Two of the members are
Veterans, including the Committee Chairman, Major-General (ret'd)
Pierre Morisset, MD.
"We are not suggesting that these concerned Veterans do not have health
problems," said Dr. Morisset. "However, we firmly believe that whatever
health problems they do have are unlikely related to depleted uranium."
"It is imperative that our approach to Veterans' concerns be based on
science to ensure our Veterans are receiving the best and most
appropriate support and treatment," said Minister Blaney. "The work of
these experts will add another layer of assurance that the Government
of Canada is using the most up-to-date research and analysis in
considering Veterans' health issues."
To read the report Depleted Uranium and Canadian Veterans or for information on research activities, benefits, services and
programs at Veterans Affairs Canada, visit veterans.gc.ca.
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
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