Our guest is Leuren Moret, a former scientific laboratory employee who is well-versed about the adverse health and environmental effects of depleted uranium.
Leuren Moret earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Geology from the University of California, Davis, in 1968, and her Master of Arts in Near Eastern Studies from University of California, Berkeley, in 1978. She worked for 5 years at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and 2 years at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. She established her reputation as a whistleblower in connection with her work at Lawrence Livermore.
Leuren currently studies and publicizes the adverse health effects of radiation exposure and how radiation moves through the environment. She criticizes the continued use of depleted uranium and contributed to the United Nations sub-commission that investigated the topic in detail. Collaborating with other researchers such as Dr. Hari Sharma, she has analyzed the tissue samples of 70 residents of Basra who died from exposure to DU as a result of the Gulf War.
In 2003, she testified at the International Criminal Tribunal for Afghanistan held in Japan. A 2005 review of epidemiological studies of depleted uranium aerosols concluded that possible public health effects are significant and that there is a serious need for more research. Moret claims that hundreds of medical conditions are caused by exposure to depleted uranium.
She was a presenter at the World Depleted Uranium Weapons Conference in Hamburg, Germany, and at the World Court of Women at the World Social Forum in Bombay, India in January 2004. She serves as Contributing Editor to GLOBAL OUTLOOK and as Environmental Commissioner for the City of Berkeley and is a former president of the Association for Women Geoscientists.
Ms. Moret works with the Radiation and Public Health Project, a group of independent scientists who have written 10 books on low-level radiation and public health.