Lawsuit filed over secret Army testing in St. Louis

Lawsuit filed over secret Army testing in St. Louis

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This undated photo provided by the subject shows St. Louis sociology professor Lisa Martino-Taylor. Martino-Taylor performed a study raising new concerns about secret Army testing during the Cold War that sprayed a potentially hazardous chemical into the air in St. Louis. The tests targeted predominantly black areas of the city. Now, some residents are left to wonder if those tests led to health problems for them and for relatives. (AP Photo/Courtesy Lisa Martino-Taylor)

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on November 21, 2012 at 11:26 AM

ST. LOUIS—A St. Louis man has filed suit over secret military-sponsored chemical testing in St. Louis during the Cold War.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Benjamin Phillips is the sole plaintiff in the suit filed in St. Louis Circuit Court, though his attorney is seeking to turn it into a class action lawsuit.

Government contractors in the 1950s and 1960s sprayed zinc cadmium sulfide from the backs of station wagons, from atop low-income housing projects and at other locations. The government conceded in 1994 that the spraying was part of a biological weapons program. St. Louis was picked because its topography was similar to some Russian cities.

The spraying received renewed interest earlier this fall after publicity about research by Lisa Martino-Taylor, a St. Louis professor.

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