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Cold War-Era Cylinders Found At Former Rocket Fuel Test Site

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Construction work has been halted at an upstate New York high-tech manufacturing complex after old cylinders from the property's stint as a Cold War rocket fuel test site were discovered.

The Saratogian reports workers found 34 cylinders buried about 500 feet from the parking lot at GlobalFoundries at the Luther Forest Technology Campus in the town of Malta.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommended closing the area near where the cylinders were found. The EPA believes the cylinders do not pose a danger if left undisturbed.

It's not clear what the cylinders contain. A contractor was hired to remove them.

© 2016 AP

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.