The Martin Maloney Chemical Laboratory
of The Catholic University of America
was built in November, 1917. Maloney Hall was named for Martin Maloney, a papal marquis from Philadelphia, Pa., who gave $120,000 for main building and $100,000 for the auditorium.
It underwent renovations and extensions in 1926. Currently, the building is being used as a Chemical Laboratory for the University. It houses the Department of Chemistry, classrooms, laboratories and an auditorium. When it was first built it served as a lab for army researchers developing chemical munitions for World War I.
Recently, students at the Catholic University of America received an e-mail from the University's Office of Public Affairs informing students that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
will be "collecting samples to test for the possible existence of environmental contaminants in and around Maloney Hall." Maloney Hall is the laboratory where the chemical weapon Lewisite
was first invented by Julius Nieuwland
and later Winford Lee Lewis, with the help of CUA and Army researchers, developed it into chemical weapon.
Students were told that, "The contractors will be collecting soil samples outside and paint samples in Maloney Hall to test for any residual byproducts, primarily arsenic, that may have broken down from chemical munitions that were developed at Maloney in 1918."
The University and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers maintain that there is no risk to the students of the university, but... Read More