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The use of uranium in the generation of nuclear power results in production of depleted uranium (DU) hexafluoride, a by-product of the uranium enrichment process. Depleted uranium hexafluoride is converted to uranium metal Due to its high density (twice that of lead) DU has been used in munitions and to reinforce military vehicles. Civilian uses include ballasts in aircraft, radiation shields in medical equipment, chemical catalysts, glassware, ceramics, and dentistry DU is also used in armour-piercing ammunition, internal guidance devices and gyro compasses, counterweight devices for missile re-entry vehicles, radiation shielding material, and x-ray targets (Merck Index 1989). DU may be used to prepare alloys which are then further processed into steel (Environment Canada 1983). Very small amounts are used in light bulbs, photographic chemicals and household products