Milford, Delaware: Workers at a Clam processing plant, Sea Watch International, started their day with a severe shock when leaking chemical munitions were found on the assembly line.  6 people required medical treatment and 2 military assessment teams from teh US Army 20th Support Command are making a full assessment.

The injured workers were later released but reporting from the incident has been confused.  While Dover Air Force Base spokesman Senior Airman Jacob Morgan informed Delaware Online that the munitions had tested positive for the presence of a chemical agent, but exactly what type had yet to be confirmed - this was confirmed byU.S. Army 20th Support Command (CBRNE — Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear High-Yield Explosives) spokeswoman U.S. Army Lt. Col. Carol McClelland.

Sea dumping of chemical and other munitions has become a regular hazard to fishing, with no restriction on dredging in sites despite being marked.  While it may seem incredible sea dumping was considered acceptable as a disposal root at the time and although there is considerable concern, those countries that dumped at sea before the Chemical Weapons Convention came in to force do not have a responsibility to clear them.

In 2004 3 EOD soldiers were injured by another chemical weapon that had actuallymanaged to go unoticed until poured on to a driveway.  It is a sad fact that more US and UK soldiers have been injured by their own or other countries’ old chemical weapons than by those of another state or terrorist organisation.

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