Professor Lisa Martino-Taylor at St. Louis Community College revealed that a radioactive additive was mixed with zinc cadmium sulfide and sprayed over the population in the 1950s and 60s as a cold war-era protection measure.
The US army poisoned people, primarily minorities and low-income communities in St. Louis in the name of keeping the US safe, she said.
“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,” she added.
St. Louis residents were told that the test were carried out as part of pre-emptive measures against Russian attacks on US cities.
The Army put up chemical sprayers on buildings such as schools and public housing projects.
“It was pretty shocking. The level of duplicity and secrecy. Clearly they went to great lengths to deceive people,” Taylor went on to say.
Through her research, Martino-Taylor found photographs of how the particles were dispersed from 1953 to 1954 and 1963 to 1965 on Corpus Christi, Texas, where the chemical was dropped from airplanes.
Professor Taylor decided to carry out the research after she heard various reports of cancer among those who lived in those areas during that period.