The aerosol or spallation frangible powder produced by impact and combustion of depleted uranium munitions can potentially contaminate wide areas around the impact sites, leading to inhalation by human beings. It has a halflife of 4.5 billion years.
Normal functioning of the kidney, brain, liver, heart and numerous other systems can be affected by exposure to toxic uranium. Studies suggest the possibility of leukemogenic, genetic, reproductive and neurological affects from exposure.
A 2005 epidemiology review concluded, “In aggregate the human epidemiological evidence is consistent with increased risk of birth defects in offspring of persons exposed to DU.”