2005 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 2 Aug 2005 17:26:41 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] "Green" bullet concerns
Military Studying 'Green' Bullet

The Associated Press (Washington Post
July 29, 2005

BOURNE, Mass. -- Army officials at Camp Edwards believed they were being
eco-friendly when they started using a "green bullet" that contains no
lead _ a move meant to prevent polluting an aquifer beneath the base.

But six years later, after a million rounds have been fired at the
base's shooting ranges, new information suggests the green bullets may
not be much better for the environment than the lead ones.

"It's frustrating," Col. William FitzPatrick of the National Guard's
Environmental Readiness Center said Thursday. "You're doing what you
think are the right things. As science evolves, you wonder, 'Am I in
front of the curve, or behind?'"


For the entire article, see

See also

Military Testing Environmentally Friendly Bullets

'Green' Bullets May Contaminate Soil Sooner Than Standard Rounds, Data Suggests

The Associated Press (WCVB-TV 5 (Boston)
July 28, 2005

BOURNE, Mass. -- A "safe bullet" is not an oxymoron to military
officials at Camp Edwards.

Six years ago, they began using new, environmentally safe bullets they
thought wouldn't contaminate an aquifer beneath the base that supplies
upper Cape Cod with drinking water. The bullet was made of nylon and
tungsten, a metal that supposedly didn't dissolve into the ground like lead.

But after about a million rounds were fired at base ranges, new data
indicate the bullets might actually leech into the soil more quickly.


For the entire story, see


Lenny Siegel
Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
c/o PSC, 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
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