Policy paper

Depleted uranium (DU) munitions

The Ministry of Defence's policy on using depleted uranium in weapons and how we assess and monitor any health and environmental risk.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government


Depleted uranium


An explanation of why the Ministry of Defence (MOD) believe the use of depleted uranium (DU) munitions is lawful, why they reject claims that the use of DU munitions presents severe health and environmental risks and why we oppose calls to ban these munitions. The outcome and relevance of the many health and environmental studies which underpin the MOD view, the role of battlefield clearance in further reducing the already low risks from DU contamination and some common misconceptions are described.

Published 8 July 2013