Despite widespread protests, the United States Army is going ahead with plans to dump 66 tons of deadly nerve gas in the Atlantic Ocean.
Despite widespread protests, the United States Army is going ahead with plans to dump 66 tons of deadly nerve gas in the Atlantic Ocean. Two trains carrying the gas rockets, encased tin concrete, are heading for Sunny Point in North Carolina where the rockets will be loaded onto a Navy surplus boat and sunk in 16000 feet (4800 metres) of water about 300 miles (500 kms) off Cape Kennedy.
The trains are travelling only during daylight -- and at a maximum speed of 35 miles an hour (56 kph). Pilot trains equipped with cranes, wagons loaded with jeeps and ambulances and air conditioned hospital cars are preceding the rocket trains by 15 minutes and are checking the tracks.
The army claims the dumping must be carried out as soon as possible as the rockets are leaking because corrosive chemicals have eaten through their casings.
The shipment ??? dumping of the gas has aroused impassioned public and congressional opposition. United Nations Secretary-General, U Thant and British government officials, acting on behalf of Bermuda and the Bahamas, have also objected.
Intensive precautions have been taken against leakage during the overland transportation by the defence department seepage on the ocean floor is not considered a serious threat.