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  • Monday, October 31, 2005

    Dumped U.S. WMDs now threaten U.S. coast

    From The Daily Press via Common Dreams:

    In the summer of 2004, a clam-dredging operation off New Jersey pulled up an old artillery shell.

    The long-submerged World War I-era explosive was filled with a black tarlike substance.

    Bomb disposal technicians from Dover Air Force Base, Del., were brought in to dismantle it. Three of them were injured - one hospitalized with large pus-filled blisters on an arm and hand.

    The shell was filled with mustard gas in solid form.

    ...

    The Army now admits that it secretly dumped 64 million pounds of nerve and mustard agents into the sea, along with 400,000 chemical-filled bombs, land mines and rockets and more than 500 tons of radioactive waste - either tossed overboard or packed into the holds of scuttled vessels.

    A Daily Press investigation also found:

    These weapons of mass destruction virtually ring the country, concealed off at least 11 states - six on the East Coast, two on the Gulf Coast, California, Hawaii and Alaska. Few, if any, state officials have been informed of their existence.

    The chemical agents could pose a hazard for generations. The Army has examined only a few of its 26 dump zones and none in the past 30 years.

    The Army can't say exactly where all the weapons were dumped from World War II to 1970. Army records are sketchy, missing or were destroyed.

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