The United States budget is constantly increasing for our military, and many Americans are paying a very steep price for it that surpasses their tax dollars’ value. Recent studies have been revealed which have found that the Pentagon has literally contaminated more than 40,000 sites nationwide, and by doing so have exposed a huge chunk of our population to horribly dangerous chemicals.
This is a truly concerning revelation that we should all pay very close attention to. Water and soil contamination has been a problem for years, and it shouldn’t shock us to find that our own government is literally the root cause for most of it. The fact that the Pentagon alone has spent over $40 billion in a vain attempt to clean up the areas of contamination is telling enough. Sadly, their efforts may useless if the results of recent testing prove anything. Yet, the government is declaring these areas as “safe” for public use.
According to The Free Thought Project :
An investigation conducted by ProPublica and Vox revealed that by testing and disposing of deadly chemical weapons in the United States, the Pentagon has “poisoned drinking water supplies, rendered millions of acres of land unsafe or unusable, and jeopardized the health of often unwitting Americans.”
In addition to using at least 200 sites as “burn pits” where they burn hazardous explosives in the open air, the Pentagon also pays independent contractors to dispose of hazardous waste and to clean up toxic sites. The investigation noted that, in some cases, the Pentagon has even refused to cooperate with the EPA and let dangerous sites remain toxic wastelands, because it claimed it is “not responsible when some of those contractors commit fraud, improperly handle toxic material, or cut corners on cleanups.”
As The Free Thought Project reported, while Congress banned American industries from using “open burns” to dispose of hazardous waste in 1984, a study from ProPublica in July revealed that lawmakers granted the Pentagon and its contractors “a temporary reprieve from those rules to give engineers time to address the unique aspects of destroying explosive military waste. That exemption has remained in place ever since.”
The latest installment in the investigation looks at the Research Development Explosive (RDX), which was created by the U.S. in the early 1940s. In addition to being considered a critical component in defeating Germany in World War II, the white crystalline powder was then used to fuel carpet bombing in Korea and Vietnam.
“The Americans called the new formula RDX, and it transformed weapons overnight. RDX enabled the bazooka—the world’s first hand-held anti-tank rocket launcher—to pierce armor. RDX was packed into 10,000-pound underwater bombs dropped by British airplanes to blow up German river dams and disrupt the country’s hydropower in the critical Dambuster campaign. It was even surreptitiously soaked into firewood that would later explode in the furnaces of German locomotives.”
At the time, more than 40 million pounds of RDX was produced each month at an industrial plant in rural Tennessee. The deadly, explosive powder was spread into the soil and later found in the area’s drinking water aquifers. The study noted that while RDX was designated as “a possible human carcinogen” in 1990, the Pentagon has continued to manufacture it and to test-fire the weapons it is made with on U.S. soil.
The contamination has been found across the country with residents in Salt Lake City, Utah, claiming that the food they grew with RDX-contaminated water caused cancer. RDX has also been found to have contaminated drinking water near Fort Jackson in Columbia, South Carolina, in 2013; nearly 150 miles away from the Army’s manufacturing plant in Kingsport, Tennessee, in 2015; and around an old missile factory, which the Pentagon claimed was safe for the public, near Los Angeles, California, in 2017.
The Pentagon is the same government agency that claims it cannot account for more than $21 trillion from the last 20 years, and the latest discovery from ProPublica that more than 65 military installations across the country have been contaminated with a deadly chemical is just another reminder that the Pentagon is not only killing innocent civilians in the Middle East—it is also poisoning innocent civilians in the United States, in the name of keeping Americans “safe.”
These weapons should not be tested in any area that is or could be populated nor anywhere that soil contamination leading to water contamination could occur. The completely irresponsible and careless manner in which the Pentagon has conducted these tests for years is a clear indication of where their thought process or the peoples best interest lies.
This is an atrocity that has to be stopped from further damaging the land and populace. When will the government in all of its branches be held to task and made to take responsibility for the damage they have continuously done to our country? If you feel that this is an act of over reach or flat out attack on the American people, please feel free to share and get the word out about this.
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