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Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Remind Me Not To Visit The East Coast, The West Coast, Or Anywhere Else For That Matter

Just when you thought you knew everything about your country, you read a story like this.

Courtesy of thinkprogress.org:
“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.”

Nice!! When people start dropping like flies, who can we sue?

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  • At 4:15 PM, Blogger -R said…

    See that little dot on the map (Newport News)? That's where I live. I work in environmental remediation, including sites at numerous military bases. I have read the actual documents that info was gleaned from. What your sensationalistic reference does not tell you is:

    1)These items are in deep water. They are in areas restricted to maritime traffic.

    2)Some of the items, though not all, are unlikely to be harmful to humans at the beach, etc. In some cases this is due to the nature of the chemicals. In others its due to the magnitude of the dilution the Ocean provides. Obviously some of them are a concern in even small amounts.

    3) "Out of sight, out of mind" was a common way contaminants and unwanted bombs were dealt with back in the day. Though we think its atrocious today, when these items were placed here it was much more common. When I say that I mean both in the Federal and private sector. There was no EPA to keep watch back then. Look up Superfund sites in your area.

    4) This area that is apparently breaking news to you is actually well known of to those in my field. Its monitored.

  • At 4:49 PM, Blogger ParisL0ve2 said…

    Wow, doesn't that just make you feel all warm and fuzzy to know that these chemicals are being monitored?

    I love the "sensationalistic" comment. It's always "sensationalistic" when you don't agree with something that is said.

    They're in deep water? Big deal. What happens when the containers that they're in start to corrode? Oops, our bad?

    Some items are unlikely to be harmful to humans? Didn't they once say that about cigarettes? Oops, again our bad!!

    Out of sight, out of mind? Nice mentality there!! Are we honestly supposed to pretend that these chemicals are not there simply because we can't see them? I don't care if that was the mentality back in the day. I don't care if it was common back then to dispose of chemicals that way. It's not acceptable now, and it shouldn't ever be acceptable.

    It's "breaking news" to us because nobody ever bothered to tell us until now. Gee, big surprise there. The "common folk" are always the last to know everything!!

    And for the record, I don't believe for one second that you are who you claim to be. If you were, you wouldn't be wasting your time talking to me on my little old blog. Nice try though!!

  • At 8:50 AM, Blogger -R said…

    "It's "breaking news" to us because nobody ever bothered to tell us until now. Gee, big surprise there. The "common folk" are always the last to know everything!!"

    You need to educate yourself on the Freedom of Information Act (aka FOA). You'd be amazed at what is available to the "common folk" who take the time and interest look.

  • At 3:26 PM, Blogger ParisL0ve2 said…

    And you need to go stop telling me what I need to do!!


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