“Open burns, ill winds,” published by ProPublica on July 20, 2017, is a long, detailed, investigative article examines the U.S. military’s practices for disposing of munitions waste. It focuses specifically on the use of open-air burning at the Radford Army Ammunition Plant (RAAP) along the New River in Montgomery County, Virginia, and concerns over potential health impacts of air emissions from that kind of disposal. It examines permitting and permit monitoring issues for federal and state regulators regarding potential water, air, and health contaminants; the history of disposal practices at other various locations in the United States and in other countries; and concerns and questions raised by local residents. The article is available online at https://www.propublica.org/article/military-pollution-open-burns-radford-virginia.
On its Web site, https://www.propublica.org, ProPublica states that it is “an independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest.”
For more on developments at the RAAP since 2015, please see this Water Central News Grouper post: Hazardous Waste Open-air Incineration at Radford Army Ammunition Plant (RAAP).