Search for dumped chemical weapons

Date: 27/03/2009

The University of Hawaii’s two submersibles will spend 15 days filming and taking water and sediment samples south of Pearl Harbour as part of an Army project to determine the risks of nearly 600 tons of chemical weapons dumped in 1944. Tad Davis, the Army’s deputy assistant secretary for the environment, safety and occupational health, reported 10 dives would be made by the Hawaii Undersea Research Laboratory submersibles Pisces IV and V at an area dubbed ‘Hawaii-05’. Between 1932 and 1944, chemical weapons, such as blister agents lewisite and mustard gas and blood agents hydrogen cyanide and cyanogen chloride were discarded. The dives by the submersibles are part of the Army’s effort to determine the characteristics of the site. The facts found will determine ‘what risks are associated with those materials remaining where they are.’

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