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[1] You are going to like this #TeamW -

#Agrico #Superfund site in Pensacola Florida

How did RADIOACTIVE waste wind up at a fertilizer production facility ?
[2] Well I dont know - but I CAN tell you that #Agrico Chemical is what was formerly known as the American Agricultural Chemical Company ...
[3] The American Agricultural Chemical Company (or AACC) was led for many years by William Whiteley Baker Sr., who passed in 1918 . His legend was called out here in the American Fertilizer 1918 issue.
[4] His son is William Whiteley Baker Jr. , who was born in 1894 and lived in Maryland
[5] William Whiteley baker Jr. entries in the Baltimore Maryland phone directory in the early 1920s . These were accumulated through Fold3. Curiously the 1923 directory has a second business address of William W Baker at 206 Vickers building.
[6] This William W Baker Jr ("William Whiteley Baker Jr.") is also the business colleague of Robert Swan Mueller I, starting in 1923 in Baltimore Maryland when RSM1 started his agriculture, fertilizer, and chemical distribution business "R.S. Mueller Co."
[7] We can see from the 1923 issue of "The American Fertilizer" that "American Agriculture Chemical Co" was also listed as a source and distributor of many of the same products as "R.S. Mueller Company" was.

[8] Ready to learn something really interesting ?
[9] "A historical and often overlooked source of uranium for weapons and nuclear power is the extraction of uranium from phosphate fertilizers"
[10] I'm no fertilizer expert, so this is a bit of a leap... but considering the list of superfund sites now ( Fernald in Ohio, #RockyFlats , Agrico, more?) w/high levels of radioactive material, its possible that the uranium/weapons business has connections to fertilizers. /END
[11] "However, between 1954 and 1962 US companies recovered about 17 150 tU, which was mainly used for military purposes, from phosphate rocks in Florida "
[12] S.S. Papadopulos and Associates - Agrico Pensacola cleanup -

"Superphosphate fertilizer and sulfuric acid were produced at the site starting in the early 1900s"

[13] "The history of the facility began in 1891, with the opening of the Goulding Fertilizer Company. In 1911, the facility was sold to The American Agricultural Chemical Company (TAACC)."

[14] The 1917 Military draft registration card for William Whiteley Baker Jr . Look closely.
[15] 🚨 Employed by "Sub Committee on Fertilizer [...] Council on National Defense , Washington DC"

Could a man who was working for council of national defense, and son of a wealthy person who owned a fertilizer company, have his fertilizer biz is connected w/ weapons?
[16] William Whiteley Baker Jr. draft registration - April 1942. At this time, he is working at "H.J. Baker & Brothers" at the Maryland Trust Building.
[17] H.J. Baker is still in business today, with their headquarters in Westport Connecticut. hjbaker.com
[18] OMG

American Fertilizer May 26 1917: "The Fertilizer Situation: Fertilizer Manufacturers Meet in Atlanta and NYC for Conference w/the Sub-Committee on Fertilizers to Discuss Fertilizer Conditions in Reference to the Present War Situation"

William Prescott was in attendance
[19] @leytedriver Production of plutonium for #ManhattanProject and nitrates performed by a Monsanto guy. Basically: the power and science of nuclear weapons is far more connected to the chemistry and materials involved in fertilizers than anyone thought!

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