St. Louis Community College-Meramec sociology professor Lisa Martino-Taylor claims that the U.S. Army may have sprayed radioactive particles mixed with zinc cadmium sulfide in black low-income housing areas in St. Louis.
Martino-Taylor told KDSK-TV: "The study was secretive for reason. They didn’t have volunteers stepping up and saying yeah, I’ll breathe zinc cadmium sulfide with radioactive particles.”
In 1994, the U.S. government said the tests were part of a biological weapons program and St. Louis was chosen because it resembled Russian cities that the U.S. might attack. The material being sprayed was indeed zinc cadmium sulfide, but the U.S. Army never mentioned any radioactive elements, reports the Associated Press.
Martino-Taylor added: "It was pretty shocking. The level of duplicity and secrecy. Clearly they went to great lengths to deceive people. This was a violation of all medical ethics, all international codes, and the military’s own policy at that time."
“There is a lot of evidence that shows people in St. Louis and the city, in particular minority communities, were subjected to military testing that was connected to a larger radiological weapons testing project.”
There have been reports of people in the area getting cancer following the testing.
Last month, both Missouri Sens. Claire McCaskill (D) and Roy Blunt (R) demanded that Army Secretary John McHugh answer questions about the testing.