Saturday, February 20, 2010

Kentucky, Colorado subject to bio-chemical attack as US Army plans to destroy Cold War stockpiles in local towns

They put the whole thing off forever, so now, facing a deadline they're sure to miss anyway, they'll just blow them up, releasing unknown toxins into the atmosphere that will likely rain down on hapless citizens in surrounding areas. It wouldn't be the first time your government has subjected Americans to bio-chemical attack.

    Associated Press -

    Under the gun to destroy the U.S. chemical weapons stockpiles - and now all but certain to miss their deadline - Army officials have a plan to hasten the process: Blow some of them up.

    The Army would use explosives to destroy some of the Cold War-era weapons, which contain some of the nastiest compounds ever made, in two communities in Kentucky and Colorado that fought down another combustion-based plan years ago.

    Some who live near the two installations worry it's a face-saving measure, driven by pressure from U.S. adversaries, that puts the safety of citizens below the politics of diplomacy and won't help the U.S. meet an already-blown deadline.

    The residents' sensitivity is understandable.

    A concrete guard tower with dark windows looms over a double row of fences deep inside the Army's Pueblo Chemical Depot some 120 miles south of Denver, and a sign in red letters warns, "Use of deadly force authorized."

    Inside bunkers, locked behind the fences, the slender gray shells are stacked on pallets or stored in boxes. Though many of the shells are more than 50 years old, they look new. The bunkers, called igloos, are made of 12- to 18-inch-thick reinforced concrete covered with a deep mound of earth.

    Only 500 to 1,000 of the weapons are believed to be leaking or in need of immediate attention. Still, the Army wants to use explosives to destroy all 125,000 of them.

    Under the gun to destroy the U.S. chemical weapons stockpiles - and now all but certain to miss their deadline - Army officials have a plan to hasten the process: Blow some of them up.

    The Army would use explosives to destroy some of the Cold War-era weapons, which contain some of the nastiest compounds ever made, in two communities in Kentucky and Colorado that fought down another combustion-based plan years ago.

    Some who live near the two installations worry it's a face-saving measure, driven by pressure from U.S. adversaries, that puts the safety of citizens below the politics of diplomacy and won't help the U.S. meet an already-blown deadline.

    The residents' sensitivity is understandable.

    A concrete guard tower with dark windows looms over a double row of fences deep inside the Army's Pueblo Chemical Depot some 120 miles south of Denver, and a sign in red letters warns, "Use of deadly force authorized."

    Inside bunkers, locked behind the fences, the slender gray shells are stacked on pallets or stored in boxes. Though many of the shells are more than 50 years old, they look new. The bunkers, called igloos, are made of 12- to 18-inch-thick reinforced concrete covered with a deep mound of earth.

    Only 500 to 1,000 of the weapons are believed to be leaking or in need of immediate attention. Still, the Army wants to use explosives to destroy all 125,000 of them.

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