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army admits dumping chemical weapons at sea

army admits dumping chemical weapons at seafrom deep sea news: It is no secret that the U.S. military has used the ocean as trashcan for munitions in the past. Peter 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 Daily 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.

  1. Anonymous

    June 13, 2007

    stop it jim!! your scaring me!!!

  2. Anonymous

    June 14, 2007

    Come discuss Sea Dumped Chemical and Conventional Munitions with the leading world experts, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, World Trade and Convention Centre from 9 -11 October 2007, for more information tplong@eastlink.ca or http://www.seadumpedmunitions.com

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