Tuesday, November 22, 2005

"Army Admits It Dumped Tons of Toxic Poisons..."

I feel like I should be suprised by this news, but I'm not. In fact, I'd nearly presume it's par for the course.

In an alarming piece of news courtesy of the Newport News Daily Press, we find that the Army has been dumping chemical weapons at sea for decades, and some of it is now a toxic sludge that is poisoning all of us in more ways than we can imagine. Even though a select few have known for years that the Army was disposing of chemical weapons in ways not healthy for any of us, we are told that "records obtained by the Daily Press show that the previously classified weapopns-dumping program was far more extensive than had been suspected." The Army now admits it dumped 64 MILLION pounds of nerve and mustard gas agents, 400,000 chemical filled bombs, landmines, and rockets, and more than 500 TONS of radioactive waste into the seas. This is a disaster beyond description, and affects every living thing on Earth.

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Geo_Chick said...

Ummmm, geologist talk about this subject actually. The sites can be mapped with side scan sonar used in bathemetry. And just to add to the mess, Russia does it alot as well. Much more radioactive stuff though in their dumping. And that is just at sea. Do you know that at most airbases, for example, they would just let the oil from the planes drain onto the ground when they changed it. Imagine decades of hundreds of planes...you get the picture.

That is why anyone thinking old bases could be easily converted into public use is just missing the impossibility of the clean-up that would be required.

The military is not an environmentally concerned group.

Cantankerous Bitch said...

Actually, I wasn't aware of that. Do you have some resources to point me to? I'd like to study up. Thanks.

Geo_Chick said...

Not that I can think of off of the top of my head.

The Russians dump nuclear waste in barrels into a deep subduction zone off their coast. There have been publications in professional journals, though I don't have one handy to site. We discussed it in our Geology courses.

Also, some of the documents I dealt with while working on the clean-up of El Toro Air force Base. That stuff was never publicized, the EIR on the site that included the mitigation necessary. Ever wonder why they had to raze the houses instead of converting them to homes? Our GIs get exposed to some messed up stuff.

Cantankerous Bitch said...

Understood. Thanks.