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Red Cliff Indian tribe find no hazardous materials in barrels pulled from Lake Superior

Lake Superior shoreline
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BAYFIELD, WI (WTAQ) - The Red Cliff Indians say nothing hazardous has been found, after a second recovery of 22 barrels of munitions' parts dumped in Lake Superior in the 1950's.  

The barrels were first pulled in the summer of 2012 -- but they were thrown back into the lake because Red Cliff staffers and contractors did not feel safe in handling the materials.  

Up to 700 ejection cup assemblies for cluster bombs were found in the barrels -- and after all these years, they were still considered to be live.

Last September, crews pulled out the barrels again and sent them to a staging area in Duluth. They eventually went to a special disposal facility in Sauget Illinois where they were destroyed.  

Non-hazardous materials found in 2012 were eventually trucked to a landfill in Menomonee Falls for disposal.  

The Red Cliff tribe, which is located near Bayfield, received federal funding to retrieve and examine barrels that were secretly dumped in Lake Superior during the Cold War. They said they found nothing toxic the first time -- and the same is true with the second retrieval.  

A report released Tuesday said there's no "immediate cause for concern regarding the safety of water and fish consumption." The tribe says it's still awaiting some test results, and a final report is due out in August.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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