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Global Assault: Environmental Consequences of U.S Military Actions


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U.S. military operations touch virtually every country on the planet. Training exercises, military bases, weapons testing, and war have all left behind a toxic wake of chemicals, waste, and ordnance. On this edition of Making Contact we take a look at the environmental record of the U.S. military. We also hear about depleted uranium weapons used in the first Gulf War and what sort of environmental fall-out we can expect from Gulf War II.


Tara Thornton, executive director, and Steve Taylor, national organizer, of the Military Toxics Project; Mark Palmer, assistant director of the International Marine Mammal Project at the Earth Island Institute; Michael Stocker, scientist & bio-acoustician at Seaflow; John Walsh, special assistant for training ranges at the Office of Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Readiness); Nilda Medina andRobert Rabin from the Committee for the Rescue and Development of Vieques (Comité Pro Rescate y Desarrollo de Vieques); Ernesto Peña, Vietnam veteran, artist and Viequense, Kathy Gannett, community organizer from Boston, MA; Maria Santelli, International Depleted Uranium Study Team (I-Dust).

For more information:

Committee for the Rescue and Development of Vieques (Comité Pro Rescate y Desarrollo de Vieques) –Vieques, Puerto Rico

Military Toxics Project –Lewiston, ME

Seaflow –Fairfax, CA

International Marine Mammal Project –San Francisco, CA

ODUSD (Readiness) –Washington DC

International Depleted Uranium Study Team (I-Dust) –Bernalillo, NM

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