Rocky Mountain Arsenal
The United States Army has created many chemical weapons facilities during its tenure as a military organization. Rocky Mountain Arsenal (RMA) in Colorado was such a facility, and its existence had a major negative impact of the environment of the surrounding area. Many Americans are generally unaware of the facility’s original purpose, and specifically unaware of the historical information concerning its creation and eventual dismantling, information which is fascinating, as well as highly informative. By learning how the chemicals created and stored at this facility were disposed of, it is possible to prevent re-occurrences of the type of environmental damage which resulted in this instance.
During World War II, military battles were becoming increasingly heated and intense, like the Battle of Britain, and the United States Army was seeking new and more productive methods to increase its stockpile of chemical weapons. In the 1940’s, creating and storing chemical weapons was fast becoming a military priority, especially by the time the conflicts occurring in Europe during WWII intensified, One of the solutions to this problem was to find more facilities to mass produce chemical warfare agents. After the military gained Congressional approval, the Chemical Warfare Service took occupation of more than 25 square miles north of Denver, Colorado and this facility became known as the Rocky Mountain Arsenal. The Army quickly built multiple facilities here where they could mass produce chemical warfare agents and incendiary munitions. With the rise of a new enemy in Korea the military began to produce Sarin, or GB, a c...
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