Rocky Mountain Contaminated Rain: A Look into the Creation of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal

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Rocky Mountain Contaminated Rain: A Look into the Creation of the Rocky Mountain Arse

Rocky Mountain Arsenal
The United States Army has created many chemical weapons facilities during its tenure as a military organization. Rocky Mountain Arsenal (RMA) in Colorado was such a facility, and its existence had a major negative impact of the environment of the surrounding area. Many Americans are generally unaware of the facility’s original purpose, and specifically unaware of the historical information concerning its creation and eventual dismantling, information which is fascinating, as well as highly informative. By learning how the chemicals created and stored at this facility were disposed of, it is possible to prevent re-occurrences
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In the early 1960’s RMA constructed a disposal well that would allow them to inject liquid over 12,000 feet into the earth’s crust, giving the chemical material a wider dispersion area, a process which resulted in lower contamination levels (Daly, 2011). However, these processes were brought to a screeching halt sometime during the mid-1960 due to scientific data which suggested that it was triggering earthquakes in nearby Denver. In the early 1970’s the military’s focus had shifted from chemical weapon production to chemical weapon destruction. As stated by Matthew Greene (1994), “from 1970 to 1982, the Army focused on the disposal and destruction of chemical weapons materials. This included incinerating TX anti-crop agents, mustard gas, and explosives, and destroying GB agent and related munitions casings by caustic neutralization and incineration.” (p.1).
The military wasn’t the only occupant of the RMA. With the resulting victory in World War II, the Army had little use for this mass facility and sought to lease portions of it to private entities. Although the military continued some operations at the facility, in 1946 it began a leasing program with Julius Hyman and Company (JH&C). JH&C began to produce agricultural pesticides at the location as part of an economic boost to the local area. This process would eventually be taken over by Shell Chemical Company when they acquired JH&C, and Shell would continue the production of

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