Fears over ‘terror attack’ training.
There has been mounting fears by residents and politicians in the Kansas area over the releasing of dangerous chemicals in the name of training.
Homeland security are said to be set orchestrate a “low-level outdoor release” of “chemical and biological simulant materials at the old Chilocco Indian School in Newkirk” in an attempt to judge the severity of a terror attack of similar proportions.
The safety of this test however, has been called into question.
The Wichita Eagle has reported that the area:
“…is about 6 miles south of Arkansas City and about 55 miles southeast of Wichita. Wind typically blows out of the south, which could carry airborne particles into Kansas where it could affect, humans, nature, and wildlife.”
It is thought the tests will be carried out to determine how well people inside buildings would be protected if terrorists were to carry out this type of attack.
Residents are angry over the potential harm this could cause to the people living nearby. Although the government have stated that it will only be a ‘low’ level of chemicals, why does the testing need to be done in this way at all?
The Eagle went on to report the details of the proposed chemical release:
“For the particle test, the federal government plans to release titanium dioxide, which it describes as a ‘white odorless powder that is chemically insoluble in water, nonreactive, nonflammable, and nonhazardous.’ It also plans to release urea powder mixed with a CL Fluorescent Brightener.”
Fears has been raised specifically over the use of titanium dioxide, as this chemical has been linked to cancer in other parts of the world.
Congressman Ron Estes said:
“While it’s important for our federal agencies to test their abilities in response to threats, we need to be one hundred percent certain this test is safe for the residents of south central Kansas.”
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