Group protests planned biological warfare tests

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Group protests planned government testing at Chilocco Group protests planned government testing at Chilocco
NEWKIRK, Okla. (KAKE) -

A group gathered along the Kansas, Oklahoma border to protest planned biological warfare testing, Sunday.

People from Kansas, Oklahoma and Chilocco Indian School alumni took part in the protest.

Last week, it was revealed the Department of Homeland Security plans to mimic a biological terror attack at the abandoned and historic Chilocco Indian School site just north of Newkirk, Okla, which is six miles south of Arkansas City, Kan.

The study will include low level outdoor release of inert chemical and biological simulant materials.

Homeland Security officials said the particles are colorless, odorless and non-toxic materials. The purpose of the study is to gather data that enhances the department’s predictive capabilities in the event of a biological agent attack.

More information on the materials and the DHS statement to KAKE News can be found here.

Residents who live near the area are concerned for their safety and the agricultural and environmental impact. The group has been rounding up signatures online and sending letters to the DHS hoping to put at stop to the planned testing.

According to the federal assessment, the tests will occur in early 2018 and again in June/July. The people conducting the tests will wear protective suits, gloves, masks and respirators. The releases will take place far away from the nearest pond and aquatic life, on days the wind is blowing from the south.

Families, a school and farm land are half a mile north of the Chilocco site.

"They're going to have full hazmat suits, respirators, everything. And if they're going to do all that, then how is it safe?" Tammy Miller said.

"How do we know this [isn't] going to effect our kids, grandchildren or elders?" Shineesta Adams said.

A petition has been started on Change.org to stop the testings. More than 3,800 had signed as of Sunday afternoon.

The public has from November 8 to December 8 to voice their concerns to Homeland Security. Email your comments to biotest@hgdhs.gov. Using preceding email link with automatically generate "Outdoor Testing at Chilocco" in the subject line. You're asked to include your name and address. 

You can also mail your comments to: 

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