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Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 11/18/2010

Army details Agent Orange use at Md. post

By Associated Press

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.

By Associated Press  | November 18, 2010; 12:55 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland  
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This is the same government that's telling us that naked body scanners are safe. It would be funny if it wasn't so serious.

Posted by: Noble9 | November 19, 2010 1:24 AM | Report abuse

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