Kuwait waste in Idaho is one of Time’s “underreported news stories” of the year

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A story covered by the Idaho Statesman, New West online magazine and the local Associated Press — but apparently few others — was listed by Time magazine as one of the most underreported news stories of the year.

Back in May, about 6,700 tons of radioactive waste was shipped from a U.S. military base in Kuwait to a US Ecology waste storage facility west of Grand View in Owyhee County.

The waste had been created by a 1991 fire at U.S. Army Camp Doha, which ignited military vehicles and munitions containing depleted uranium used in armor-piercing shells. The shell fragments were removed and disposed in the United States by the U.S. Army in 2005, and the waste that came to Idaho was what was left of the contaminated soil from which the fragments were removed. New West broke the story before the shipments came.



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