2005 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 17 Feb 2005 22:33:36 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Army considers some DU testing at Jefferson Proving Ground
Army considers changing JPG plans

By: Peggy Vlerebome
Madison Courier (IN)
February 16, 2005

The U.S. Army might go back to pursuing decommissioning of Jefferson
Proving Ground rather than obtaining a special license from the Nuclear
Regulatory Commission.

As part of the possible new approach to its role at JPG, the Army is
considering doing limited testing to collect four types of data: How
much depleted uranium is there and its concentration; the thickness of
the contaminated area; whether and at what rate the armor penetrators
made from depleted uranium are dissolving; and the travel routes
contaminants could take through groundwater.

For years the Army has said it is too dangerous to enter the
depleted-uranium area to remove the DU or to collect data because there
are tons of unexploded ordnance there that could blow up at any time.

Now, however, the Army said in a letter to the Nuclear Regulatory
Commission that it could go in for limited gathering of data. It won?t
be the first time the area has been entered. The Save the Valley
environmental organization pointed out in November 2003 that Army
documents made several references to the Army going into the DU area for
various purposes.


For the entire article, see


Lenny Siegel
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