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Fish Cop, Entry to U.S. Army Base at Fort Carson, Colorado, 10 February 2007, Wikimedia Commons


Fort Carson

Fort Carson is a U.S. Army installation located just south of Colorado Springs, CO. In October 2015 the Army quietly applied for a permit from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to leave buried on its training field up to 600 pounds of depleted uranium. It is assumed that the nuclear material comes from a series of 1960s training shells used in a secret program that provided soldiers with nuclear-tipped “Davy Crockett” bazookas. According to the Army, approximately 12,500 acres may have been contaminated around the time of the “Davy Crockett” program. Nonetheless, the Army has requested to leave the materials where they (possibly) have been for the past 50 years—in the soil—because cleanup costs were estimated at over $300 million.
This film documents a test of the Davy Crockett missile, July 17, 1962, at the Nevada Test Site. Personnel from the 12th Infantry Regiment from Fort Carson where present for the test, protected only by trenches.


Roeder, Tom. "Hundreds of Pounds of Depleted Uranium Likely Buried at Fort Carson, Army Says." The Gazette (Colorado Springs), October 18, 2015. Accessed January 13, 2023.


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