Korean Island Bombed with DU
The Maehyang-ri bombing range, based on an island off South Korea, fires daily at the tiny surrounding islands with fighter jets, including the DU-firing A-10. Communities who live less than a mile away have had their lands taken and are now facing toxic pollution. The villagers live by fishing and clam fishing but environmental studies of the area have found the shellfish to be severely contaminated. Villagers have also been hit by shells, with at least 12 killed. Thousands of shells have gone off target and lodged in the hillsides around the area. One entire island has already been wipe out while another two mile long island has been reduced to two-thirds its original size.
But the Maehyang-ri bombing range isn't run by the US Air Force and it isn't run by the US Army. Five years ago, the bombing range was privatized and turned over to the multinational weapons contractor Lockheed Martin. Then, in July, the bombing range changed hands. An Alaska-based company called Arctic Slope World Service took over the contract.
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