Fw: aerosolized uranium
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Sent: Sunday, January 27, 2008 1:21 PM
Subject: Re: aerosolized uranium
Judging by the three articles below, it sure looks like the Army's privatization of radioactive Uranium weapons production and their typical, characteristic refusal to clean up their hazardous waste mess in Missouri is all in a day's work for this nuke-loving Empire.
There's a public comment address on the bottom of the second article. Perhaps all of us would like to send our 2 cents on the "wisdom" of saving taxpayer money... while costing these MO people their very lives?
I don't know about those who work in the radiation cover-up industry, but for the rest of us, the lives of those we hold near and dear are worth a bit more than $2 million, wouldn't you say?
As usual, the military can easily find $52.2 Million to produce more radioactive genocidal killing toys in MO... yet they balk at spending a mere $2 million to properly clean up the mess they've created there.
And they will continue to keep on doing this until America collectively rises to its feet and demands otherwise.
I don't know. Maybe it's just me. But our kids, our grand kids, and all their kids on down the line deserve far better than this eternally hazardous, toxic radioactive dump of a nation we are leaving them, don't they?
If you agree, please forward widely. Judging from people I talk to, most Americans simply don't even have a clue as to how widespread and continuous the slow-nuking of America actually is.
Alliant Division Wins $52.2M Army Deal
© 2008 The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — The Army has awarded a division of military contractor Alliant Techsystems Inc. a $52.2 million contract to modernize and enhance its ammunition production capabilities at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Independence, Mo.
Alliant Lake City Small Caliber Ammunition Co. will complete the work by September 30, 2009, the Defense Department said Wednesday. The Lake City Army Ammunition Plant is owned by the Army and operated by Alliant Techsystems.
Shares of Alliant Techsystems, based in Edina, Minn., rose $1.71 to $99.87 Wednesday.
Saturday, January 26, 2008
Story last updated at 1/26/2008 - 8:47 am
Story last updated at 1/26/2008 - 8:47 am
Lake City looks into plans for cleanup
What to do with sand contaminated with lead and depleted uranium once it's stabilized and non-radioactive was the big question at a recent Restoration Advisory Board meeting at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant.
The U.S. Army and environmental and remediation company officials focused on cleanup efforts for a nearly three-acre sand pit, referred to as Area 10, in the eastland uplands portion of the Lake City plant, at Missouri 78 and Missouri 7. Cleanup for Area 10 is slated to begin in April and conclude in December.
Bullets - both test and ammunition to be destroyed - were fired into the sand during the 1960s and 1970s, and later moved from the firing range to the pit.
Previous investigations found the sand contained both lead and depleted uranium from the spent bullets and posed a health hazard, said Barb Duletsky, senior project manager with Cabrera Services, the radiological environmental restoration firm in charge of cleanup. A painstaking cleanup plan was proposed that would include packaging and shipping the stabilized, lead-contaminated sand off site.
However, the Army now has another suggestion: It wants to dispose of the processed sand on site and cover it with 6 inches of clean fill material and vegetation.
Duletsky said after the sand is processed, it will no longer present a health risk. Further, the sand would meet Missouri standards that prohibit the disposal of radioactive material in state landfills.
"Every cup of sand, every volume of sand, will be surveyed all the way down to the native soil," Duletsky said. "And after the sand is processed, we'll walk over the native soil."
Burying the processed sand onsite, Duletsky said, would save taxpayers more than $2 million.
Two other key changes the Army proposes are increasing the cleanup goal for total lead and changing the lead stabilizing agent used from Portland cement to Maectite. Stabilizing agents hold what contaminants remain in suspension.
Clint Sperry, with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, said after the meeting that both the EPA and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources are on board with the changes.
Independence resident Greg Perry, community co-chairman of the plant's Restoration Advisory Board, said he did not have any issues with the sand being buried onsite.
"As long as the sand is stabilized and there's no depleted uranium in it and they restrict the area, then they've done the best they can do," he said. "I don't want to see them go through hoops or anything. I'd rather they make efforts dealing with real issues."
Perry said for 12 years he has fought for cleanup of other contaminated sections of the Lake City Plant that could compromise ground water quality. He said underground rivers and aquafers - ground water supply for wells - flow beneath Lake City.
The public may view the document titled Area 10 Sand Piles Removal Action Explanation of Significant Differences at Lake City Army Ammunition Plant, Building 6, or at the Mid-Continent Public Library (North Independence Branch).
To make a comment about the proposed cleanup changes, write Kristine Stein, ATTN: SJMLC-EN, Lake City Army Ammunition Plant, Independence, MO 64051-1000. Deadline is Feb. 15.
Story last updated at 11:52 AM on Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Environmental cleanup continues at plant
Oversight of the cleanup at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant continued Tuesday with presentations by officials doing the cleanup.
Jennifer Williams, a project geologist with Arcadis, said the purpose of the meeting is to summarize the proposed cleanup plan.
The area discussed covers about 200 acres in the western half of Lake City's facility at Missouri 78 and Missouri 7 in eastern Independence. The administrative, manufacturing, garages and some undeveloped land is on that area of the property.
She said the contamination in this area came from chemical solvent leaks and spills, lagoons and ground water.
"We looked at groundwater as a whole in the entire site," Williams said.
Scott Honig, an environmental engineer with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, said there is no evidence of contamination off the Lake City grounds.
"We have not seen anything in the perimeter wells," he said.
Kristine Stein, Lake City remedial project manager, said the contamination in this 200-acre area of the site is less than other areas.
Williams said investigations of groundwater contamination started in 1980. She said tests will continue and some cleanup or remediation calls for covering contaminated soil with more soil.
Gene Gunn, a U.S. Environmental Agency representative, said he supports the documents and other information about the contamination and cleanup for now.
"We reserve the right to change our minds on this," he said.
Ralph Schaefer, a U.S. Army representative, took a similar point of view.
"Just because we're at this point doesn't mean we're done," he said.
Gunn said there is a five-year review process by the EPA, MDNR, and the U.S. Army.
Honig said the MDNR supports the findings and will continue to work on the project.
"We'll be monitoring what's happening in the five-year reviews," he said.
Greg Perry, co-chairman of the Remediation Advisory Board, said he is not satisfied.
"The proposed plans fail to adequately and properly address the initial and long-term problems and concerns pertaining to groundwater contamination," he said.
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