"Suit Filed Over Decades-Old Test Spraying in St. Louis"

"ST. LOUIS -- A doctoral dissertation that renewed public interest in the military-sponsored chemical spraying of impoverished areas of St. Louis in the 1950s and ’60s has spawned a lawsuit."

"It leaves open the potential for litigation related to more controversial aspects of Lisa Martino-Taylor’s work -- questions of more sinister government experiments on human test subjects.

Undisputed is that St. Louis was among several test cities chosen decades ago by government contractors for the spraying of zinc cadmium sulfide, a chemical powder mixed with fluorescent particles to allow tracking of dispersal patterns.

The spraying was part of a biological weapons program, the government conceded in 1994, and St. Louis was chosen because its topography was similar to some of the Russian cities the military thought it might have to attack."

Jennifer Mann reports for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch November 21, 2012.

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 11/21/2012