Originally Posted by Uncle Ben
This is just silliness but if you plan on trespassing on Federal land do you really think the details are best documented on a public forum?
You make a good point.
I did some research and it turns out that none of the Titan 1 Missile silos are on federal land any longer, at least in Colorado, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). The sites either reverted back to the original land owners, or were sold at surplus auctions after the total shutdown of the Titan project in 1968-69.
They're privately owned, but the environmental impacts are still studied. These studies are undertaken by the Department of Defense (DOD) at their leisure.
Now, it should be said that this only goes for the old Titan 1 silos. There are a bunch of other abandoned missile silos all over the mid-west, left behind from other projects as our intercontinental ballistic missile programs progressed in sophistication over the years. It seams that instead of retrofitting old sites, they just left them behind and started over (with your tax money). The majority of these sites are either still owned by the DOD, or are up for sale with a price tag that has way too many zeros at the end of it. For instance, there is a data storage company that purchased a missile silo of some configuration from the DOD north of Denver, and has retrofitted it to hold hundreds of servers for digital data storage.
Now, the CDPHE says that while all of these Titan 1 silo sites are contaminated and have contaminated their immediate surroundings, the B2 site (in Deer Trail) is the lesser of all the evils.
This is from the CDPHE website: "Complex 2B (D045): Titan Complex 2B is located near Deer Trail, Colorado. The Site Inspection (SI) field work was completed in the Fall of 2009. Based on the characterization data developed during the site inspection, only polychlorinated biphenols (PCBs) in the lagoon wastes (soils) is an issue. A non-time critical removal of the impacted soils is planned by the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers.
So, anyways, my point in all this was, that if the land owner is ok with an expedition into the silo for purely exploration and photographic reasons, then we should be fine....Apart from the toxic substances.
Here is the website: http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite.../1251616142341