The Spark

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Weapons of Mass Pollution

Jul 7, 2014

Cancer-causing trichloroethene (TCE) continues to pollute the groundwater at U.S. army base Fort Detrick in Frederick, Maryland. TCE is a solvent with many industrial uses. It was used as a refrigerant in biological weapons research at the fort from 1953 to 1970.

The source of the polluted groundwater is supposedly a site where eight 55-gallon drums of TCE were found buried in 1988 near a Fort Detrick building where the refrigerant had been used. But even after the drums and thousands of tons of soil were removed, the groundwater still tests unsafe.

TCE also was found leaking from dumped material at Fort Meade, located between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. In fact, toxic and radioactive wastes have leaked on thousands of military bases in the U.S. and overseas.

Not only is the U.S. military the world’s biggest killer, it’s also the world’s biggest polluter.