Letter to Lake City Army Ammunition Plant   3 comments

Bly Road

Independence, Missouri 64056

July 30, 2010

Lt. Col. Elizabeth Delbridge-Keough

Lake City Army Ammunition Plant

Independence, Missouri

Lt. Col. Elizabeth Delbridge-Keough,

Congratulations on recent appointment as commander at the Lake City Ammunition Plant in eastern Independence.   I wish you well as you undertake this new challenge.

 In the past month I have been reading some interesting books by Dr Helen Caldicott. In her books she documents the use of depleted uranium (DU) in the manufacturing of ammunition shells and reinforced armor in some of our armored vehicles.   For more on that please see my web blog at www.terryflowersblog.wordpress.com, the article dated July 24, 2010, Depleted Uranium (DU) in Munitions.

 My question to you is does the manufacturing or processing of munitions at lake city utilize DU or any other radioactive material?   I have emailed Congressman Emanuel Cleaver and Representative Clair McCaskill but have received no answer.   I suppose that this could be a classified matter, but I live within two miles of the facility and am quite interested.

 Thank you for your time and attention to my concern,


Terry Flowers



Posted July 30, 2010 by terryflowersblog in Environment

3 responses to “Letter to Lake City Army Ammunition Plant

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  1. I agree very much. I believe this is very important to pursue and be able to learn about the radiation possibilities. We are struggling to live the American dream – really don’t want to be blindsided to something so close to home that could destroy my family, friends or dreams.

  2. On August 7, 2010 my letter, “Military production raises concerns and questions”, ran in the letter section of The Examiner. Since that time I have received a phone call from Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II’s office. The office staff told me that they would be emailing me a form to fill out. That was on Aug 6, 2010 and it has not yet hit my in box.

    Also since that time I have received a letter from Lt Colonel Elizabeth Keough, commander of the Lake City Ammunition Plant here in Independence, Missouri. In the letter it is explained that while depleted uranium (DU) is not currently being used in the manufacturing and processing of munitions at this site, during the 1960’s and 1970’s it was used. During that time “LCAPP developed, test-fired, and demilitarized small arms munitions that contained radioactive source material (i.e., depleted uranium). Testing and demilitarization activities involved firing DU munitions into sand-filled structures called ‘bullet catchers’. Residual solid wastes from these operations were deposited in a semi-wooded area within the firing range boundaries, which was later designated for remediation under Comprehensive Environment Response, Compensation, and Liability ACT (CERCLA)…A Removal Action was completed in December 2008, and a No Further Action Record of Decision was submitted and approved by the U.S. Army, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) in December 2009”. The area of approximately four acres in which this occurred is referred to as Area 10 in the CERCLA documents.

    My question then is, since no DU has recently been used at the Lake City facility, where have the munitions that were documented as being used in the Iraq, and possibly the Afghan, war been manufactured? I am still seeking answers from my elected representatives and from Lt Col Keough’s office. If there is anyone who has further knowledge of this situation; your reply would be welcome.


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