TCE Shares Spotlight with 50th Anniversary of Nuclear Missile Deployment

Mead Gruver, Associated Press, October 10, 2009

As US Air Force officials marked the 50th anniversary of the deployment of nuclear missiles to sites in the rural United States this past week, residents in some of these communities focused on the legacy of the trichloroethene (TCE) used to clean and maintain the weapons.

To date, the US Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) has spent $116 million to identify and clean up 44 former Atlas and Titan intercontinental ballistic missile — or ICBM — sites and 19 former Nike anti-aircraft missile sites in nine states.

Deciding which contaminated missile sites to clean up depends in part on how many people nearby could be exposed to TCE, said Jeff Skog, TCE remediation manager for the Corps office in Omaha, Nebraska.

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