Old weapons discovery shocks envrionmental groups

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by GARY CHITTIM / KING 5 News

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Posted on October 28, 2010 at 3:59 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 28 at 5:29 PM

SEATTLE -- The discovery of military shells and other weapons found buried in silt under Seattle's new cruise ship terminal creates an obvious public safety risk, but environmental groups say there are ecological risks as well.

"This stuff is toxic," said Kathy Fletcher of People For Puget Sound.

Fletcher said her group and other had long been concerned with the contaminated silt at Terminal 90 and 91 but didn't think they had to worry about toxins from old weapons.

Fletcher said not only does this pose an active risk to salmon and other fish in the area, but also threatens to delay badly needed cleanup projects. 

Fred Fellemen, a consultant with Friends of The Earth, agreed. The Coast Guard has said they don't know yet the extent of the weapons in that area. Felleman and Fletcher say that's all the more reason to find out.

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