U.S. Importing 6,700 Tons of RADIOACTIVE Sand From Kuwait!

Submitted by SadInAmerica on Tue, 04/29/2008 - 7:04pm.

Longshoremen should finish unloading 6,700 tons of sand contaminated with depleted uranium and lead Tuesday afternoon, said Chad Hyslop, spokesman for the disposal company American Ecology.

The BBC Alabama arrived at the port Saturday afternoon with the 306 containers carrying the contaminated sand from Camp Doha, a U.S. Army base in Kuwait. The sand was packaged in bags designed to transport hazardous waste.

Longshoremen unloaded the containers in two shifts Sunday, then two more Monday, Hyslop said. They wore standard safety gear, and dust protection equipment and respirators were available, he said.

Longshoremen watch as a 25-ton container of contaminated sand is hoisted out of the BBC Alabama at the Port of Longview on Monday morning. Roger Werth / The Daily News

However, no one has opted to wear the respirators, he said.

"It's gone real smooth," Hyslop said.

Half of the containers will be loaded onto 76 rail cars and transported to an American Ecology disposal site in Idaho. The other half will remain at the port until the trains return to haul them to Idaho. The containers all will be at the disposal site in Idaho within 15 to 30 days, Hyslop said.

State Department of Health personnel are at the port to test radiation levels and to ensure none of the sand spills, Hyslop said. U.S. Customs agents also were on hand to inspect the cargo, he said.

Radiation technician Marie McMonigle checks for radiation around a container after it was brought ashore Monday. Roger Werth / The Daily News

The sand became contaminated with low levels of depleted uranium following a fire at Camp Doha during the first Gulf War in 1991, according to Hyslop and Army sources. The Army then discovered potentially hazardous levels of lead in the shipment.

Hyslop said he's been happy with the job the port and other government agencies have done in helping with the transport of the material.

"We're extremely pleased and impressed with the outstanding professionalism of the Port of Longview," he said.


EricOlson - April 29, 2008 - posted at www.tdn.com/articles/2008/04/29/


Okay... and why exactly do we need 6,700 tons of contaminated sand from Kuwait?  Is something hidden in it?  So what about the other gazillion tons of contaminated sand?  Well maybe they found what they are looking for and decided to bury it here for safe keeping... something stinks...  ~SadInAmerica

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Anonymous (not verified) | Tue, 04/29/2008 - 10:49pm

After sitting around this evening trying to figure out why the hell we would ever bring sand to Idaho, we've concluded that this world is completely screwed. We are slowly watching our world come to an end in biblical sense and realize that it's in God's hands not ours anymore. How sad is this? We wonder who got what and who's palms got greased? Do they really believe that they will be saved by the all-mighty buck? How incredibly stupid are these people? I never wish any ill will upon anyone but I have to wonder if it takes a close to home tragedy for them to realize? Maybe they are so selfish that it wouldn't even phase them? I only hope that no innocent people are down the line affected by this clearly greedy decision.