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Army Asks Feds To Deregulate Old Testing Ground

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Gretchen Frazee
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Indiana Public Broadcasting

At the Jefferson Proving Ground in Southeastern Indiana, just north of Madison, about a dozen workers are taking a break from what looks like a typical road construction project.

There are pickup trucks, a large yellow excavator truck, and some pipes stacked on wood pallets, but look down, scan the ground nearby, and you’ll quickly realize one wrong step at this worksite could be fatal.

Unexploded bombs peak up from the dirt, like the tips of deadly icebergs.

Thousands of unexploded bombs dot the landscape, which served as an Army testing site for more than half a century, from 1941 to the early 1990s.

Now, the Army is asking the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission to stop regulating the area and as Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Gretchen Frazee reports, that worries residents who fear their drinking water could become contaminated.