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3:32 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Fort Bliss Seeks Tips On Contaminated Sites

Military leaders at Fort Bliss where radioactivity was detected in a Cold War-era bunker are hoping for tips that could lead to other contaminated sites on the sprawling West Texas Army post.

Maj. Joe Buccino said Thursday about 60 people have called since a hotline was established this week. He says officials are trying to determine the accuracy of calls from people who worked at the post in the 1950s and 1960s.

Officials announced Tuesday that low levels of radiation were detected as part of an investigation that began two months ago.

Epoxy paint was applied to the interior of the bunker but chipped away over the years, revealing contamination underneath. Nuclear weapons were assembled there years ago.

The bunker has been used since 2003 to store weapons for training.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.