Activist and author blogs about politics, energy and Earth's resources.
The Army's "green" ammo causes cancer
The U.S. Army has stopped the production of ammunition made with tungsten -- a dense metal that has replaced lead -- after finding it may cause cancer.
Thu, Apr 23, 2009 at 11:19 AM
In the mid-90's, the U.S. Army started to replace their lead bullets with ones made of tungsten, a metal they thought to be less environmentally damaging.
Tungsten bullets have been in widespread use for 15 years, soldiers have fired off nearly 100 million training rounds of the stuff. It's used in missiles and larger-sized shells and is prized for the small sharp fragments it shatters into on impact. Oddly, the army is considering plans to use tungsten to replace depleted uranium at the same time they are phasing it out of use in bullets.
The Army should be applauded for recognizing the problems associated with the dispersal of lead, but might want to think about throwing their environmental research department more resources. It'd be nice if their next "green" replacement was, you know, actually green.
The opinions expressed by MNN Bloggers and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of MNN.com. While we have reviewed their content to make sure it complies with our Terms and Conditions, MNN is not responsible for the accuracy of any of their information.