McCaskill, Blunt Call For U.S. Army Response to ’50s & ’60s Testing in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A follow-up to a story KMOX’s Megan Lynch first brought you last Monday— news of a local researcher’s claims that the U.S. military may have exposed St. Louisans to radioactive compounds during Cold War chemical testing is now getting some play in Great Britain.

The Daily Mail newspaper has a front page article this weekend on Lisa Martino-Taylor’s findings.

Martino-Taylor found the spraying was done in the mid 1950’s and again in the mid 1960’s, from buildings and even out of station wagons.

lisa martino taylor McCaskill, Blunt Call For U.S. Army Response to 50s & 60s Testing in St. Louis

Lisa Martino-Taylor, a professor of sociology at St. Louis Community College, overlooks the area where the Pruit-Igoe public housing complex used to stand in north St. Louis on October 15, 2012. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

She’s asking for a new federal investigation into what was done and how harmful— potentially cancer-causing— the chemicals may have been.

The Daily Mail report has both of Missouri’s U.S. Senators, Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt, expressing shock over the researcher’s findings and asking the U.S. Army to be accountable.

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