|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||18 Oct 2006 01:32:38 -0000|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] Great Lakes lead ammo|
Great Lakes live-fire training raises fears about lead|
By Jeff Alexander Kalamazoo Gazette (MI) October 17, 2006
The U.S. Coast Guard's plan to establish 34 live-fire weapons-training zones on the Great Lakes would make the military agency one of the largest sources of the toxic metal lead entering the lakes, according to federal data.
Coast Guard personnel would fire up to 430,000 bullets annually in the training zones, which are scattered across all five Great Lakes, according to government records. Coast Guard officials said the live-fire training is needed to protect the Great Lakes region from terrorism and other illegal activities.
Critics claim the exercises would turn the Great Lakes into a military zone, endanger boaters and others who use the lakes, and potentially poison fish and other aquatic life with lead and other toxic metals found in bullets.
For the entire article, see http://www.mlive.com/news/kzgazette/index.ssf?/base/news-20/116109852193120.xml&coll=7
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