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Old 03-22-2014, 09:42 AM
 
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Deadly chemical weapons, buried and lost, lurk under U.S. soil - latimes.com

Deadly chemical weapons, buried and lost, lurk under U.S. soil

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Redstone Arsenal, in the swampy lowlands of northern Alabama, is the largest of the 249 sites in 40 states and territories where chemical weapons remain buried and await cleanup at a cost of billions of dollars. Just outside the Redstone gates is Huntsville, a city of nearly 200,000 residents.

Today a toxic stew of some of the most lethal weapons ever devised rests beneath the surface: Nazi mustard, a liquid blister agent. Lewisite, another blister agent. Adamsite, a vomiting agent. And possibly Nazi tabun, a nerve agent. Also buried are containers of white phosphorus, chlorine, smoke bombs, tear gas and incendiary bombs.

The cleanup team at Redstone is scheduled to start work in the trenches next year, but it won't actually start digging up the material until about 2019. Disposal is due to be completed in 2042, and that's a conservative target. Experts estimate that only about six munitions a day can be safely removed.

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Old 03-22-2014, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Madison, AL
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Hmmmm, interesting.

I guess I am glad I got that water filter for the whole house!

lol
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Old 03-22-2014, 12:01 PM
 
Location: Madison, AL
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Pretty common knowledge around the area...
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Old 03-22-2014, 01:17 PM
 
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Have you seen the feral cats in the sewers? Not sure if you can call them cats anymore...
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Old 03-22-2014, 05:54 PM
 
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Have you seen the feral cats in the sewers? Not sure if you can call them cats anymore...
Haha, a part of me really hopes you're serious
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Old 03-23-2014, 06:09 AM
 
Location: Boonies of N. Alabama
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Like bmrisko said... fairly common knowledge that stuff was there, just not the details but, there's a big part of me that says let sleeping dogs lie... I don't like the idea of them digging the stuff up and messing around with it and then saying.... "oops".....
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Old 03-23-2014, 06:13 AM
 
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Like bmrisko said... fairly common knowledge that stuff was there, just not the details but, there's a big part of me that says let sleeping dogs lie... I don't like the idea of them digging the stuff up and messing around with it and then saying.... "oops".....
Letting sleeping dogs lie is the reason we have this problem today. Instead of the sites being marked off and recorded properly the stuff was just buried haphazardly hence why it's often uncovered by building crews, farmers etc.
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Old 03-23-2014, 02:53 PM
 
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Deadly chemical weapons, buried and lost, lurk under U.S. soil - latimes.com

Deadly chemical weapons, buried and lost, lurk under U.S. soil

(excerpts below)

Redstone Arsenal, in the swampy lowlands of northern Alabama, is the largest of the 249 sites in 40 states and territories where chemical weapons remain buried and await cleanup at a cost of billions of dollars. Just outside the Redstone gates is Huntsville, a city of nearly 200,000 residents.

Today a toxic stew of some of the most lethal weapons ever devised rests beneath the surface: Nazi mustard, a liquid blister agent. Lewisite, another blister agent. Adamsite, a vomiting agent. And possibly Nazi tabun, a nerve agent. Also buried are containers of white phosphorus, chlorine, smoke bombs, tear gas and incendiary bombs.

The cleanup team at Redstone is scheduled to start work in the trenches next year, but it won't actually start digging up the material until about 2019. Disposal is due to be completed in 2042, and that's a conservative target. Experts estimate that only about six munitions a day can be safely removed.
I've heard the rumors but never actually read a decent article about it. Thanks for posting!
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Old 03-23-2014, 02:57 PM
 
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Pretty common knowledge around the area...

"Few residents of Huntsville are aware that tons of chemical weapons are buried underground nearby, Watson said. De la Paz said that when they are told, "the first question people ask is, 'Is it near my house?' When the answer is no, they lose interest."

Deadly chemical weapons, buried and lost, lurk under U.S. soil - latimes.com
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Old 03-23-2014, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Boonies of N. Alabama
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Letting sleeping dogs lie is the reason we have this problem today. Instead of the sites being marked off and recorded properly the stuff was just buried haphazardly hence why it's often uncovered by building crews, farmers etc.

Yeah... I know. To me it seems like a damned if you do, damned if you don't type of situation. Never should have been dealt with as it was in the first place.. but them messing with it too.....is bothersome.. I don't know that they really know what/how to do it without causing damage also. Kinda like hiding nuclear waste... I don't know that any method can be fully trusted (by me anyway).
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