Bombs In Your Backyard

Number 28469
Subject military
Source ProPublica
State
Year 2017
Publication Date November 2017 to December 2017
Summary The military might of the United States has come at an extraordinary environmental price. The nation’s defense technologies and armaments have been developed, tested, stored, decommissioned and disposed of on vast tracts of American soil, where they have polluted fields and rivers, contaminated drinking water and put legions of people’s health at risk. For the first time, this project examined the full extent of the damage — 39,000 sites adding up to an area larger than the state of Florida, affecting millions of people. Our stories exposed the Pentagon’s routine practice of open burning of hazardous waste; its reliance on incompetent or fraudulent contractors that dump waste or fake cleanups; its four-decade campaign to make a dangerous and pervasive chemical explosive appear safe and avoid regulation; and its explicit refusal to comply with federal environmental laws even when the exposure of young children to lead poisoning from munition was at stake. We gained exclusive access to the Pentagon’s complete environmental dataset, and created a news application which for the first time mapped searchable data about contaminated sites across U.S. territories.
Category Philip Meyer Contest entry
Pages
Keywords military, environment, pollution, toxic waste, Pentagon, mapping, contaminated sites
Related Links https://projects.propublica.org/bombs/ ; https://features.propublica.org/bombs-in-our-backyard/tyndall-air-force-base-history-of-pollution/
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