Drone testing finds some elevated pollutants at Army plant



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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Researchers have flown a drone into the plumes of smoke from the burning of hazardous waste at an Army ammunition plant in Virginia and found higher-than-expected levels of arsenic, lead and other pollutants.

That's according to a draft report on the testing conducted last year by several government agencies at the Radford Army Ammunition Plant. It was obtained by The Associated Press through an open records request.

Researchers found that for the majority of substances, levels were lower than what the plant assumed they would be. But according to the draft report, lead, arsenic, silver, cadmium and chloromethane levels were higher.

Scientists and former EPA officials say the findings raise questions about the possible health impacts of the emissions.

ProPublica first reported the report's findings.

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Sarah Rankin

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