US Government Dumping WMDs into the Ocean.

Well THIS is a bit disturbing:

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.”

Not only that but they used the Farallon islands as a nuclear waste site as well. This is about a 15 minute boat ride from my house.

From 1945 to 1970, the sea around the Farallones was used as a nuclear dumping site for radioactive waste, despite nuclear dumping at sea being prohibited. An estimated count of 80,000 – 55 gallon barrels full of radioactive debris that carry a shelf life of 3 billion years, originating from nuclear research labs such as Lawrence Livermore, were dumped. The irradiated US Navy ship USS Independence, which was used as a target in the Bikini Atoll Nuclear Tests, was sunk near this site. Classified information pertaining to these events was released, but many pages were blacked out.[3] In 1990 marine biologists produced graphic evidence of fish swimming among corroded and collapsed barrels, with one source reporting that barrels were shot at and punctured to make them sink. [Kunzig, The Restless Sea, pp. 294-305] The extent of contamination in the area has not yet been fully investigated.

… of course this isn’t just a theoretical problem:

The recent attention to the long known chemical-weapon dumping program appears to have started when clam dredgers pulled up an artillery shell off New Jersey last summer (see Figure 1), and sent the shell to Dover Air Force base for dismantling. The canister was found full of mustard gas in a solid form. Three technicians were injured.


  1. Anonymous

    Sea dumped munitions are a gobal concern, go to http://www.seadumpedmunitions.com or contact tplong@eastlink.ca






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