Cold War-era cylinders found at former rocket fuel test site

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File - In this Oct. 29, 1962, file photo, President John F. Kennedy poses in the White House office with Gen. David Shoup, left, Marine Corps Commandant, and Adm. George Anderson, Chief of U.S. Naval Operations in Washington. The chiefs met with the president to review the situation in Cuba and operation of the U.S. naval blockade. As the U.S. and Russia reached the brink of nuclear war in 1962, Kennedy received top-secret intelligence from the CIA that a new warhead launcher was spotted in Cuba. That report, given to Kennedy a day before the end of the Cuban Missile Crisis, is among roughly 19,000 pages of newly declassified CIA documents from the Cold War released Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. (AP Photo/William J. Smith, File)

MALTA, N.Y. (AP) — Construction work has been halted at an upstate New York high-tech manufacturing complex after old cylinders from the property’s stint as a Cold War rocket fuel test site were discovered.

The Saratogian reports workers found 34 cylinders buried about 500 feet from the parking lot at GlobalFoundries at the Luther Forest Technology Campus in the town of Malta, 20 miles north of Albany.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommended closing an area near where the cylinders were found. The EPA believes the cylinders do not pose a danger if left undisturbed.

It’s not clear what the cylinders contain. A contractor was hired to remove them.

Luther Forest was home to a government site for rocket and weapons testing starting at the end of World War II and lasting into the 1990s.


Information from: The Saratogian,

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