World War II bombs, mustard gas in Gulf of Mexico need to be checked, experts warn
Oil and bombs don’t mix, yet there’s millions of pounds of unexploded World War II munitions dumped in the Gulf of Mexico that pose a risk to offshore drilling and the environment, researchers say.
The military carried out the dumping from 1946 to 1970 — including off the Pacific, Atlantic and Hawaii coasts — so it’s no secret. But now that some of the containers used to store the munitions are more than 60 years old, the researchers say it’s time to see them as a threat.
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