Tenn. group sues Army contractor over explosive RDX river discharge

By on December 11, 2014

According to a recent report from the Associated Press, the Tennessee Clean Water Network is suing the U.S. Army and its contractor BAE Systems Ordnance Systems, Inc., over a daily discharge of over five times the allowable limit of Research Department explosive.

In 2007, BAE was given five years to cut its RDX discharge in the Holston River, but the suit claims the levels have actually gone up. The allowable limit was 12.2 pounds per day, compared to the 68.2 pounds per day discharged by the plant in 2012-2013, according to the AP. The high discharge was especially concerning because RDX may be a human carcinogen.

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