Skip to comments.Mustard Gas Leak Detected At Pueblo Storage Facility
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.
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.