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Mustard Gas Leak Detected At Pueblo Storage Facility
The Denver Channel ^ | POSTED: 10:20 a.m. MDT September 22, 2003

Posted on 09/22/2003 9:39:58 AM PDT by RoughDobermann

Public Not At Risk, Depot Commander Says

The Pueblo Chemical Depot is investigating a mustard gas leak at the facility.

The low-level leak was detected Sept. 18, according to a spokeswoman for the storage facility near Pueblo, Colo.

The leak was detected during a routine igloo inspection, where the nerve gas is stored in 105mm rounds. A charcoal filter unit was placed on the vent of the igloo in an effort to clean the air. The filer will remain on the igloo until the leak is isolated.

The community is not at risk, according to Lt. Col. John A Becker, who commands the Depot. Workers have been monitoring the leak since it was first discovered and an effort is under way to identify and isolate the leaking mustard gas canister.

The Pueblo Chemical Depot is located approximately 14 miles east of the center of the City of Pueblo in Pueblo County and about 2 miles north of the Arkansas River. The installation encompasses approximately 23,000 acres and includes a variety of buildings, structures and undeveloped areas. The depot's primary function is the storage of chemical weapons.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: mustardgas; pueblo

1 posted on 09/22/2003 9:39:59 AM PDT by RoughDobermann
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To: RoughDobermann
Mustard gas isn't "nerve gas."
2 posted on 09/22/2003 9:41:42 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Billthedrill
True.
3 posted on 09/22/2003 9:45:47 AM PDT by RoughDobermann (Nuke the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.)
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To: Billthedrill
Although the accidental gas leak which killed a few thousand sheep unfortunate enough to be grazing downwind a few years ago was nerve gas.

When I fly over the midwest and rockies, I'm amazed at all the roads which seemingly go nowhere, with no dwellings along the roads, no sign of man. That is until you get to the end of the road and see huge parking lots, or at least you think they are parking lots. That is until you realize they are hatch covers and underground complexes. They are all over the place in some of the most desolate areas.

My theory on the gas storage sites is that they are secure. They are monitored remotely for release. By design, they are willing to let munitions corrode and slowly release their contents into the landscape, where there ain't much for it to go noticed by. It's a lot cheaper than handling and disposing the stuff. That legislation only applies to non governmental businesses.

4 posted on 09/22/2003 10:10:23 AM PDT by blackdog ("But to me Joy means only sorrow, and America is one big Joy ride")
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