2005 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 4 Mar 2005 20:08:11 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] TNT exposure and anemia at McAlester Ammo Plant (OK)
Second TNT Exposure at Weapons Plant

Production at main U.S. bomb maker is halted again after workers become anemic.

Los Angeles Times
March 3, 2005

OKLAHOMA CITY ? The plant that makes 2,000-pound "bunker buster"
penetration bombs has stopped production for a second time after workers
developed anemia because of TNT exposure, officials said Wednesday.

Manufacture of the weapons - heavily used in the Iraq war - was stopped
Feb. 8 after resuming weeks before following a lengthy production halt,
said Mark Hughes, spokesman for the McAlester Army Ammunition Plant.

Blood tests in February found that 17 employees who make the weapons at
McAlester had low blood oxygen levels caused by exposure to
trinitrotoluene, or TNT, he said.

Production of the powerful bombs, designed to destroy underground
structures, was stopped in August after 34 workers were found to be anemic.


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