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Post by bruce martindale 1/19/2021, 6:44 pm

https://www.greatlakesnow.org/2021/01/unexploded-ordnance-lake-erie-shoreline-site-munitions-study/?fbclid=IwAR37P7GEghjyclRj3AqP5aZpwtAahRDNZWctMrHcQaeTmw2uP3hu9GRVrOw

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Post by dmdattner 1/22/2021, 8:28 am

That's a pretty cool story. An apocryphal story claims that there are long mounds of spent rifle bullets on the lakebed, corresponding with firing points on Viale, Rodriguez and Young.

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Post by Slamfire 2/15/2021, 10:25 am

I talked to an Army Environmental Engineer who was overseeing cleanup of old depots, the one under discussion was in New Mexico. It was being decommissioned.

Back in the day, the practice was to bury all munitions in pits. The New Mexico depot had buried artillery shells, chemical weapons (shells and drums), all sorts of munitions, made maps of the locations. And then the maps were lost!

The problem was finding the munitions, digging them up without having any toxic chemical releases. I suspect, instead of de milling, the Army simply burnt the stuff in place, because it was the easy thing to do.

Open air burns emit a huge amount of toxins in the air, and populated areas downwind have to live in that air. 

An Explosive Crisis: EPA Pushes for Massive Munitions Burn at Louisiana's Camp Minden

https://truthout.org/articles/an-explosive-crisis-epa-pushes-for-massive-munitions-burn-at-louisiana-s-camp-minden/

I found a series of Propublica articles on this. Schools, homes, etc, have been built over munitions dumps.

The shear number of military sites requiring clean up is staggering. This link will take you to a map
Bombs in Our Backyard
https://projects.propublica.org/bombs/

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