Jan 1, 2013 - The Environmental Magazine
Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Recovers from Its Toxic Past.
Unlike most national parks, this 15,000-acre refuge sits atop one of the most poisoned places on earth. For decades, beginning in 1942, Congress tasked these 27 square miles of Colorado farmland with doing the nation’s dirty work.
The Army post built there in the midst of World War II produced the nerve agent sarin, as well as mustard gas and napalm. When chemical weapon production wound down, the arsenal’s mission became the destruction of stockpiled weapons and, for a time, blending rocket fuel. For 30 years, parts of the post were leased to Shell Oil Company and other companies producing now-banned pesticides like DDT.
Until 1982, the Army and Shell discarded contaminated waste into unlined ponds, injected it into deep wells, and buried it in trenches—disposal practices that were once considered acceptable. But these toxic leftovers would earn the arsenal Superfund designation and require a $2 billion cleanup program... http://www.emagazine.com/magazine/rebuilding-a-chemical-wasteland/
WILL WE EVER LEARN? http://www.scoop.it/t/biodiversity-is-life?q=TAR+SANDS