WTF? Spring Valley As Dumpster For Chemical Weapon Agents During WWI?
April 17, 2010 15 Comments
by Kamran Abdi
I wonder how many people in DC know that one of the most prestige residential area of our city, Spring Valley used to be a major dumpster for Chemical weapon agents during the World War I by our Army. The U.S. Army might have stumbled on a fourth site in the area.
Just this week, Army Corps of Engineers workers removed smoking glassware believed to be tainted with arsenic trichloride — an ingredient used in lewisite blister agent — from a dig site in the city’s Spring Valley neighborhood. The find prompted the Army to halt digging in the area this week.
The finding would mark the first recovery of arsenic trichloride during remediation of the area once used for development and testing of chemical warfare materials.
I am curious if the agents were aired in the outside environment at anytime.
In addition, personnel found a container at the site holding mustard agent.
The Army Corps of Engineers was set as early as yesterday to dispose of a number of chemical rounds in the area.
I also wonder how all this will be effecting the hosing market in the area.