- Associated Press - Saturday, July 31, 2010

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — The Army says it’s searching internal records for details on outdoor spray testing of Agent Orange at Fort Detrick in Frederick.

A Fort Detrick spokesman said Friday that the Maryland Department of the Environment asked the Army about the tests. The Veterans Administration says they were conducted there in the 1940s and ‘50s.

Concerns have been raised by some past and present Fort Detrick neighbors who contend their families’ cancer and other health problems stem from the Army’s careless use and disposal of toxic chemicals.

Agent Orange is the nickname for a blend of herbicides the U.S. military sprayed during the Vietnam War to remove plants and leaves that provided enemy cover.

The VA has recognized certain cancers and diseases associated with Agent Orange exposure.