7 comments to “Open Burning at U.S. Military Sites Inflames Activists in Nearby Towns”

  1. Theodore M. Prociv

    Good article, I would like to add that the major blame is the severe lack of budget to explore better options. Long term storage just makes the situation more dangerous.Technologies are available that can be adapted to the safe, environmentally responsible disposal of these un-wanted munitions or explosives. Environmental techniques such as “hold test and release (release after verification of safety)” can be applied to any destruction technology. The 2017 Defense Appropriations language authorizes the Army to use “cost competitive technologies that minimize waste generation and air emissions as alternatives to disposal by open-burning, open detonation, direct contact combustion and incineration.” I would hope that the cost is compared to the operational process used and the includes the subsequent clean-up costs. Communities that are living with this problem need to contact their political representatives and get a budget identified and sheltered from poaching attempts from other programs.

  2. Myrna Pagan

    On Vieques Island n Puerto Rico the USNavy cleanup of our Superfund site after six decades of bombing and experiments with non-conventional weapons we are subjected to Ob/OD despite the fact that our local Environmental Quality Board refuses to grant permits and the Vieques citizens suffer a health crisis of catastrophic diseases which is decimating the population. Our campaign for alternative solutions is ignored and any link between high cancer deaths and liver and kidney disease due to the heavy metal exposure is denied. Our people’s health is viewed a colateral damage. An immoral stance! Thanks for this comprehensive article in the name of the people of Vieques. Vidas Viequenses Valen

  3. Mark H Toohey

    Thank you for writing this excellent article. It will be very useful the next time Holston Army Ammunition Plant, , BAE Systems or the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) try to claim that there are no reasonable alternatives to open burning toxic waste within 1.5 miles of neighborhoods where American families reside. It is time for TDEC to recognize this activity as the public nuisance and health threat that it really is and enforce the laws and regulations that are already enacted. It is also time for the Pentagon to take action necessary to protect the lives and health of the workers and families in our area.

  4. Marylia Kelley

    Thank you for publishing this comprehensive yet readable article. I am hopeful that this harmful practice will be changed soon.

  5. Laura Olah

    THANK YOU FairWarning and Daniel Ross for raising awareness of the scope and devastating impacts of open burning and open detonation (OB/OD) in the U.S. and its territories. At Anniston Army Ammunition Plant in Alabama, the Army is allowed to OB/OD as much 13,227,600 pounds of hazardous munitions wastes per year. Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center (IN): 109,364,800 pounds/year. Blue Grass Army Depot (KY): 7,665,000 pounds/year. China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station (CA): 5,475,000 pounds/year. Eglin Air Force Base (FL): 8,760,000 pounds/year. Holston Army Ammunition Plant (TN): 1,250,000 pounds/year. Radford Army Ammunition Plant (VA): 2,920,000 pounds/year. And the list goes on and on.
    HOW READERS CAN HELP: Join the more than 1,000 people who have already signed the PETITION TO EPA posted at http://cswab.org/cease-fire-campaign/cease-fire-petition/.

  6. Craig Williams

    Great piece! Hope this will assist in moving forward with safer disposal methods.

  7. Matthew Mabey

    Unfortunately, open burning is much more common than many would like to have us believe.
    The logging industry regularly open burns slash.
    The petroleum industry regularly flares off natural gas in many locales.
    The grass seed industry regularly burns off their fields at the end of the harvest.
    The list goes on and on.
    Combustion products are not benign just because the material burned is “natural.” This is especially true when the fields and forests have been sprayed with pesticides.

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