Activists from the Campaign Against Depleted Uranium (CADU) staged a mass walk-on at the Dundrennan firing range near Kirkudbright to protest at the MoD’s test firing of shells into the Solway Firth.
The protestors also planted a memorial garden on the range in solidarity with the children and families of Iraq who suffer the health consequences of toxic wars.
The action was part of the part of the International Day of Action Against Depleted Uranium Weapons and comes after a motion was submitted in the Scottish Parliament by Aileen McLeod MSP earlier this week congratulating CADU on its ongoing campaign against test firing in Scotland.
Dr McLeod said: “I congratulate CADU on their continuing efforts to highlight the very serious concerns surrounding the use of depleted uranium munitions both in tests in this country and in war zones across the world. Dundrennan has been used for testing these munitions for 30 years and it is estimated that around 31 tonnes of depleted uranium is now in the Solway Firth as a result of these tests, without any proper assessment of the environmental impacts of this activity having been undertaken.”
Earlier this year, the MoD were forced to cancel a fresh round of testing after a FoI release revealed their concerns that the dumping of DU in the Solway Firth breached the UK’s obligations under the OSPAR Convention, which limits the dumping of toxic waste in the marine environment of the North-East Atlantic. The MoD claimed that the 31 tonnes of munitions had been placed on the seabed – placement is allowed under OSPAR - but the FoI revealed that the MoD had no intention of retrieving the ammunition.