Weapons testing grounds are another place where toxic contaminants accumulate. The 100sq m Jefferson Proving Grounds near Madison, Indiana, for example, has been fenced off and abandoned because the land is deemed too dangerous to clean up.
His story was on the broader problem of the environmental effects of warfare, specifically to soldiers and community nearby.
“Too Dangerous” is Our Backyard
Despite her natural beauty, Madison has never been overly conscious of environmental damage. We are home to a state park and coal power plant, side-by-side. Local historians will tell you that our “Tree City” was once a very dirty place to live – with heavy industry, slaughterhouses, and residential neighborhoods all in the same vicinity. Not to mention Marble Hill and our brush with the Nuclear Power industry.
The ghosts of our Jefferson Proving Ground are known far and wide. Maybe other communities can learn from this anecdote of environmental damage. But at the end of the day, it’s just something we ignore. What’s 70,000 kg of depleted uranium in your backyard?