Navy tries again to dispose of napalm
May 15, 1998
Web posted at: 12:12 a.m. EDT (0412 GMT)
LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- The U.S. Navy has resumed the process of
trying to dispose of 3.3 million gallons of Vietnam War-era
napalm stored at its Fallbrook Naval Weapons facility.
On Wednesday, the Navy met with several prospective
subcontractors interested in bidding on the $2.5 million
Battelle Memorial Institute, the company hired by the Navy to
oversee the disposal process, conducted tours of the facility
and described the scope of the project.
The Navy has been looking for a recycling company to take the
napalm since Pollution Control Industries of East Chicago,
Indiana, backed out of its contract in April, citing
political and public pressure. The napalm was to be turned
into fuel for cement kilns.
The Navy wants to ship the napalm to the Midwest over two
years. The aluminum canisters have been sitting in an open
field at Fallbrook, north of San Diego, since 1973.