Army details Agent Orange use at Md. post
The Army is revealing details of Agent Orange testing at Fort Detrick in Frederick decades ago.
The Army Corps of Engineers made a preliminary report Wednesday of its search for information about open-air testing of the herbicide known for its toxic effects on U.S. troops exposed to it in Vietnam.
The report says 17 pounds of the compound’s main ingredient — the dioxin 2,4,5-T — were sprayed at the Army post from 1944 through 1968. Some was dispersed from a sprayer driven through a crop field.
The review was prompted by public concerns that nearby residents may have been exposed. The Army says it will check the soil for dioxins in an off-post area near the most intense testing.
A full report is expected in the spring.
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