Weldon Spring Ordnance Works
Date: 2/17/2012 Album ID: 1417356
During World War II the Weldon Spring Ordnance Works in St. Charles County employed more than 5,000 people and produced more than 700 hundred million tons of TNT. After the war, a uranium processing plant was built and "yellow cake" was produced. Waste from both operations were stored in open-air pools. Later, the plant produced toxic herbicides. This has led to a legacy of illness and claims against the government. In 1985 clean up of site began, and in 2001 about 1.5 million cubic yards of waste was buried, effectively cleaning up the site. Currently, a museum sites nearby telling the history of the site. The land surrounding the area is now a conservation area.