Tribe to raise barrels dumped into Lake Superior

Red Cliff, Wisconsin (AP) April 2012

A Wisconsin American Indian band plans to lead an effort this summer to raise barrels dumped into Lake Superior during the Cold War.

After four years of planning, crews are set to raise 70 of the Department of Defense drums containing ammunition parts from Lake Superior.

The Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is leading the effort. Funding comes from a Defense Department program to clean up munitions dumps on Indian territory.

Wisconsin Public Radio reports the project has been talked about since it was first made public in the 1970s that some 1,500 barrels are on the lake’s bottom four miles from Duluth, Minn.

Seventy is considered a number that could give a scientifically accurate sampling to confirm whether or not the 55-gallon barrels are an environmental threat.