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Resource ID: #14512
Subject: Military
Source: CBS News
Date: January 27-28, 1997



Stored in bunkers in vast tracts of land in Oregon are the United States' stockpile of chemical weapons. The story shows that the rusting rockets still contain enough nerve gas to kill 90 percent of the American population. A debate is raging there about how to dispose of the weapons. The question is whether it is more dangerous to let the weapons remain and risk a leak, or to burn them and risk releasing poisonous gas. The second part of the story uncovered the fact that the authorities have no plan if there should be an accident at the site. There are no procedures to evacuate the area, no gas masks, and basically no protection for the 20,000 people nearby.

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