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That's right. It's time for a search and destroy mission and I'm not talking about terrorists. A couple of Texas A&M researchers made big news yesterday with some pretty serious claims. William Bryant and Niall Slowey say at least 31 million pounds of unexploded bombs lie in ocean dumpsites just off American coastal waters.
Thousands of gallons of deadly mustard gas lie off the New Jersey coast as well as Hawaii, the Gulf of Mexico and other areas. Bryant said the amount that's been dumped is unbelieveable and he told Fox News that they felt it was their duty to report it.
The two researchers say sea disposal was an accepted international practice until recently. It was banned in the United States only in 1970. With such a large cache sitting beneath the surface of ocean waters, it's especially troublesome because they aren't sure of the state of the munitions.
Bryant says nobody seems to know if there's an environmental risk That's especially worriesome because many of those bombs have been down there 40 to 60 years. There are standard military bombs, chemical weapons, and bombs we confiscated from Nazy Germany after World War II.
Many of the unexploded bombs are closest to Texas and Louisiana. And get this. Shrimpers report dredging up hissing barrels that could be mustard gas.
If there's any record at all as to where a lot of this stuff is dumped and it's shallow enough to conduct a retrieval, I say we should get as much of it out of there and dispose of it properly as possible. All of it could be a hazard to shipping. That's not to mention the environment. Look what the BP oil spill did. Imagine that being deadly mustard gas.