2002 CPEO Military List Archive

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Date: 10 Oct 2002 15:41:29 -0000
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Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Feds defend secret '60s tests
Feds defend secret '60s tests
Pentagon says sailors didn't know all details

By Lee Davidson
Deseret News Washington correspondent

WASHINGTON ? After studying Dugway Proving Ground records, Pentagon
officials said Tuesday that at-sea tests of chemical and biological
weapons designed by Army scientists in Utah in the '60s and '70s were
not reckless and sought to protect sailors.

But they conceded in a House Veterans Affairs Committee hearing that
sailors working around the deadly agents "may not have known all of the
details of the tests."

And Veterans Affairs Department officials said they have awarded
disability compensation to dozens of sailors who blame cancer and other
ills on the tests and are trying to contact thousands more about
potential dangers.

That information emerges about Project SHAD (Shipboard Hazard and
Defense) and its parent series of tests, called Project 112. Both were
designed between 1962 and 1973 by scientists at the now-defunct Deseret
Test Center, originally housed at Salt Lake City's Fort Douglas and
later moved to Dugway.

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