Members of Illinois' congressional delegation are angered by the Navy's plan to ship 23 million pounds of Vietnam-era napalm to a suburban recycling plant.
The Navy had refused to reveal the route the shipments would have taken from storage fields near San Diego to the Pollution Control Industries plant in East Chicago, but Rep. William Lipinski, D-Ill., succeeded Wednesday in having it made public.Earlier plans reportedly would have taken the jellied gasoline through Denver and eventually through Chicago's western suburbs and possibly the city itself.
The route turned out to be more southerly, with the napalm moving through Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri on Burlington Northern Santa Fe tracks, and then being shifted at Galesburg, Ill., to the Elgin, Joliet & Eastern tracks.
"If the Navy thinks that the Chicago congressional delegation will sit back now that they've routed the shipments outside of Chicago, they're sadly mistaken," Rep. Rod Blagojevich, D-Ill., said Friday.
Part of the route goes through residential sections of the Will County community of Frankfort, just south of Chicago, said village administrator Bruce Bonebrake.
"I'm shocked; no official from the (U.S.) government notified us of the delivery route," he said.