Military Base Harmed By Own Bullets

bullets-01.jpgThe people at Camp Edward, a military base in Massachusetts, figured that maybe it wasn't such a good idea to fire millions of rounds of ammo containing lead at the base's shooting range, especially since the base get its water from an aquifer below. They replaced the lead bullets with new ones made of nylon and tungsten thinking that they were safe and doing something green, but it turns out that new studies done at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken (New Jersey) show that tungsten is not as insoluble as previously thought, and that it apparently enables lead to move through the soil more quickly. It's not the first problem that the base has had with pollution: Jet fuel, solvents and other pollutants have already contaminated the groundwater. At least they tried.



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