November 5, 2007: This website is an archive of the former website, traprockpeace.org, which was created 10 years ago by Charles Jenks. It became one of the most populace sites in the US, and an important resource on the antiwar movement, student activism, 'depleted' uranium and other topics. Jenks authored virtually all of its web pages and multimedia content (photographs, audio, video, and pdf files. As the author and registered owner of that site, his purpose here is to preserve an important slice of the history of the grassroots peace movement in the US over the past decade. He is maintaining this historical archive as a service to the greater peace movement, and to the many friends of Traprock Peace Center. Blogs have been consolidated and the calendar has been archived for security reasons; all other links remain the same, and virtually all blog content remains intact.THIS SITE NO LONGER REFLECTS THE CURRENT AND ONGOING WORK OF TRAPROCK PEACE CENTER, which has reorganized its board and moved to Greenfield, Mass. To contact Traprock Peace Center, call 413-773-7427 or visit its site. Charles Jenks is posting new material to PeaceJournal.org, a multimedia blog and resource center.
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From the Associated Press
Bosnian Radiation Blamed on NATO
Monday November 11, 2002 8:40 PM
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) - U.N. experts said
Monday they found three radioactive hotspots in Bosnia
resulting from ammunition containing depleted uranium
used during NATO airstrikes in 1995.
The tests found radiation at two sites in the Sarajevo
suburb of Hadzici and one in Han Pijesak, in the
Bosnian Serb republic, according to preliminary
results released by the United Nations Environmental
During its 1995 bombings of Serb positions around
Sarajevo, NATO used munitions containing depleted
uranium, a slightly radioactive heavy metal that is
used to pierce armor. The Bosnian government said some
10,800 rounds with the material were fired in its
Once lodged in the soil, the munitions can pollute the
environment and create an up to 100-fold increase in
uranium levels in groundwater, according to the U.N.
``We are concerned about the situation at the Hadzici
tank repair facility and the Han Pijesak barracks,´´
said Pekka Haavisto, the chairman of the U.N. agency´s
In Sarajevo, the U.N. team detected depleted
uranium-related materials and dust inside buildings
that are now used by private businesses. At the site
in the Bosnian Serb republic, the contaminated area is
used as a storage facility by army troops.
The areas where radiation is detected should not be
used until the sites are decontaminated, Haavisto
The international experts were invited by the Bosnian
government to investigate concerns that depleted
uranium could harm residents and international
The U.N. team advised the Bosnian government to start
decontaminating the three sites and educating people
about potential hazards.
Apart from this team, a medical sub-team composed of
experts from the World Health Organization and the
U.S. Army, visited several hospitals in Bosnia,
collecting medical data and statistics. A full report
was to be published by UNEP in March 2003.
Radioactivity Detected in Bosnia Where NATO Used
Depleted Uranium Shells
VOA [Voice of America] News
November 11, 2002
United Nations environmental experts have said they
have detected radioactivity in three areas of Bosnia
where NATO forces used depleted uranium shells during
an air strike in 1995.
U.N. Environment Program officials Monday warned
against deploying forces in those areas for fear of a
possible health risk coming from the radioactive
The head of the U.N. team, Pekka Haavisto, said the
three places of concern were an ammunition storage
site near Sarajevo, a nearby tank repair factory and a
military barracks in Han Pijesak in eastern Bosnia.
The areas were hit by NATO air strikes using depleted
uranium armor-piercing rounds in 1995 as part of an
effort to curb attacks by Serbs in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Investigators had probed 14 sites over the past month.
NATO authorities last year launched a probe into the
possible link between the use of depleted uranium
ammunition in the Balkans and increased cancer rates
among peacekeepers who had served in the area. But a
committee reported that medical research so far had
not proved any link between the weapons and the health
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