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It is no secret that the U.S. military has used the ocean as
trashcan for munitions in the past.
discussed at the Old DSN how
federal lawmakers were pressing the US Army to reveal everything it
knows about a massive international program to dump chemical weapons
off homeland and foreign shores. "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." Brian
pointed me to the
Press's in depth coverage of this whole issue.
Registration is free and only takes a minute or two and is extremely
worthwhile. Included at the site are maps of disposal sites
(downloadable as pdfs), stories, descriptions of items dumped
including nerve and musturd gas, and rather depressing pictures some
are below the fold (all from Daily Press).
Hundreds of dolphins washed ashore in Virginia and New Jersey shorelines in 1987 with burns similar to mustard gas exposure. One marine-mammal specialist suspects Army-dumped chemical weapons killed them. (Photo courtesy of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in New Jersey)
The SS William Ralston filled with 301,000 mustard gas bombs and 1,500 1-ton canisters of Lewsite -- sinks in the Pacific off San Fransico in 1958 (Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army)