|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Wed, 30 Sep 2009 16:21:54 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] MUNITIONS, GLOBAL: Old Australian ranges|
Buried bomb risk worsened by bushfires: councillor Christine Kellett Brisbane Times (Australia) October 1, 2009Nearly 40,000 blocks of land across Brisbane and Ipswich are contaminated by World War Two explosives still buried underground.
Updated unexploded ordnance (UXO) data made available by the Commonwealth Government identifies 307 areas across Queensland affected by unexploded military ammunition, including artillery, mortars, grenades and aircraft practice bombs. Seventy-three of those areas are considered "substantially" affected, however the possibility of harm is considered low.
A high concentration of ammunition in Ipswich is a hangover from the use of Redbank as a major Australian and US military base in World War Two.
Moreton Bay and parts of far north Queensland also have high levels of buried UXO.
In Brisbane, the Department of Defence estimates 22,000 parcels of land across six separate site are contaminated by unexploded ammunition.
.... For the entire article, see http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/buried-bomb-risk-worsened-by-bushfires-councillor-20091001-gd9e.html -- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/military-cpeo.org
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