Easy access to bioweapons

Charles Miller rellim at tulane.edu
Wed Oct 24 14:09:37 EST 2001


A potential source of bioweapon-grade anthrax and other biowarfare agents is
a former USSR facility located on an island in the Aral Sea. The URL below
links to an NPR broadcast that describes how easy it was to access the
facility since a land bridge formed from the mainland to the island as a
result of declining water levels.  The US government has just appropriated
$6M to help clean up and secure this site.

http://search1.npr.org/search97cgi/s97_cgi?action=View&VdkVgwKey=%2Fopt%2Fco
llections%2Ftorched%2Fatc%2Fdata%5Fatc%2Fseg%5F130437%2Ehtm&DocOffset=1&Docs
Found=1&QueryZip=%28Anthrax+AND+Aral+Sea%29+AND+%28Modified+%3E%3D+09%2D01%2
D01%29+AND+%28Modified+%3C+10%2D01%2D01%29&Collection=ATC&SortSpec=Modified+
Desc+Score+Desc&SearchUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fsearch1%2Enpr%2Eorg%2Fsearch97cgi%2Fs
97%5Fcgi%3Faction%3DFilterSearch%26QueryZip%3D%2528Anthrax%2BAND%2BAral%2BSe
a%2529%2BAND%2B%2528Modified%2B%253E%253D%2B09%252D01%252D01%2529%2BAND%2B%2
528Modified%2B%253C%2B10%252D01%252D01%2529%26Filter%3Darchive%255Ffilter%25
2Ehts%26ResultTemplate%3Darchivesearch2%252Ehts%26QueryText%3D%2528Anthrax%2
BAND%2BAral%2BSea%2529%2BAND%2B%2528Modified%2B%253E%253D%2B09%252D01%252D01
%2529%2BAND%2B%2528Modified%2B%253C%2B10%252D01%252D01%2529%26Collection%3DA
TC%26SortSpec%3DModified%2BDesc%2BScore%2BDesc%26ResultStart%3D1%26ResultCou
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