The Army has begun loading 66 tons of nerve gas on board an old liberty ship as last minute preparations go ahead for a court battle to stop the vessel and its deadly being scuttled in the Atlantic.
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Background: The Army has begun loading 66 tons of nerve gas on board an old liberty ship as last minute preparations go ahead for a court battle to stop the vessel and its deadly being scuttled in the Atlantic. The Federal Court action has been brought by Florida's Governor, Claude Kirk, and the Environmental Defence Fund of New York.
The army plans to sink the gas 282 miles (450 kms) off the coast of Florida and the court is being asked for a temporary order restraining the army from going ahead with the dumping.
Military officials have promised that the controversial gas will not be sunk until the outcome of the court action.
Governor Kirk and the Environmental Group say the army must be shown in court that it has chosen the safest possible location for the lethal gas and that all possible consequences have been considered.
If the court approves, the 1944-built ship Le Baron Briggs will leave on Friday (August 14), ready to be scuttled next week in 16 thousand feet (4875 metres) of water with its cargo of 12,540 concrete-encased gas rockets.