Tuesday, 3 November 2015

The Valley Of The Drums

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During the 1960s, a 23-acre expanse in northern Bullitt County, Kentucky, became a disposal ground for toxic waste. The chemical waste came in metal drums that were either discharged directly into open pits and trenches, or buried wholly underground.

Some sat on the ground for years until the drums deteriorated and broke open, spilling its hazardous content which got carried away by storm water runoff into the nearby Wilson Creek, a tributary of the Ohio River. The site went unnoticed for years, until it caught fire in 1966 and raged for a week.

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