VETERANS EXPOSED TO CHEMICALS NEED TO KNOW

(WASHINGTON, DC) – For the life of me, I still don’t know why the Veteran Service Organizations (VSO’s) have not published the list of 130 military bases on the National Priority List (EPA Superfunds), the chemicals found by EPA and the health effects of exposure.

Courtesy: Salem-News.com

The EPA Superfund database is accessible from the internet and the health effects of exposure to many of the contaminants have been identified by the Agency for Toxic Substances Disease Registry (ATSDR). 

Many vets have access to the internet from their own computers or from another family member. It’s not like this is classified information or any national security issues are in play. 

What is at stake is the health of veterans.  The health of veterans should be of paramount interest to all VSO’s. Veterans pay dues to their VSO’s to represent them and to protect their interests.

Not everyone who served on an EPA Superfund base was exposed to toxic chemicals.  Publishing the EPA lists is not going to spread panic among veterans.  We’re mature adults fully capable of making rational decisions about our health care needs. 

DOD, the biggest owner of Superfund sites, has no interest in notifying veterans of their possible exposure to toxic chemicals nor is there a legal requirement for any government agency to notify veterans or Congressional interest in pursuing this. 

I have personally sent emails or letters to the CEO’s of most of the major VSO’s, including the VFW, American Legion, Marine Corps League, Catholic War Vets, etc. Only the Catholic War Vets agreed to notify their membership. 

Am I going to cancel my membership to the American Legion and the Marine Corps League?  No.  But, I’d like to think that the CEO’s of these organizations would demonstrate a personal interest in the health care of their memberships by publishing this information. 

What’s the big deal?  We pay dues to VSO’s to represent our interests.  I’m betting that most vets have no idea that bases they served on are now EPA Superfund sites.  A number may have been exposed to deadly contaminants, are now sick, and have never connected the dots to military service.  Putting aside the VA disability claim issue, these men (mostly) need to know what chemicals they were exposed to so their doctors can provide an effective treatment plan.  Keeping them in the dark is definitely not helpful.  DOD is not going to tell them anything.  If I didn’t know better, I’d think the VSO’s are working for DOD, not for their memberships. 

EPA’s Unacceptable Risks to Human Health

For every military base on the National Priority List (Superfunds), EPA lists the chemicals found in the soil and groundwater that are an “unacceptable risk” to humans and the environment.  This information is not classified.  It’s not a secret.  Every veteran who served on an EPA Superfund needs to know what chemcials he or she may have been exposed to and the health effects of exposure. 

EPA’s Contaminants of Concern (COC’s) “are the chemical substances found at the site that the EPA has determined pose an unacceptable risk to human health or the environment. These are the substances that are addressed by cleanup actions at the site.”

“ Identifying COC’s is a process where the EPA identifies people and ecological resources that could be exposed to contamination found at the site, determines the amount and type of contaminants present, and identifies the possible negative human health or ecological effects that could result from contact with the contaminants.”

A link to the list of COC’s is shown on the first page of each EPA Superfund website under the caption, “view contaminants of concern at this site.”

For example, the health effects from exposure to a particular COC at MCAS El Toro, an EPA Superfund base, can be obtained by clinking on the ATSDR Profile next to the COC as shown below. 

  CAS # Contaminant Name Contaminated
Media
Area of Site
Found (OU)
More Information    
    71-55-6 1,1,1-TCA Ground Water BASEWIDE GROUNDWATER (01) ATSDR Profile    
    71-55-6 1,1,1-TRICHLOROETHANE Ground Water SOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02) ATSDR Profile    
    71-55-6 1,1,1-TRICHLOROETHANE Soil SOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02) ATSDR Profile    
    79-34-5 1,1,2,2-PCA Ground Water BASEWIDE GROUNDWATER (01) ATSDR Profile    
    79-00-5 1,1,2-TCA Ground Water BASEWIDE GROUNDWATER (01) ATSDR Profile    
    79-00-5 1,1,2-TRICHLOROETHANE Ground Water SOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02) ATSDR Profile    
    75-34-3 1,1-DCA Ground Water BASEWIDE GROUNDWATER (01) ATSDR Profile    
    75-35-4 1,1-DCE Ground Water BASEWIDE GROUNDWATER (01) ATSDR Profile    
    75-35-4 1,1-DICHLOROETHENE Ground Water SOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02) ATSDR Profile    
    107-06-2 1,2-DCA Ground Water BASEWIDE GROUNDWATER (01) ATSDR Profile    
    540-59-0 1,2-DCE Ground Water BASEWIDE GROUNDWATER (01)      
    107-06-2 1,2-DICHLOROETHANE Ground Water SOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02) ATSDR Profile    
    540-59-0 1,2-DICHLOROETHENE Ground Water SOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02)      
    540-59-0 1,2-DICHLOROETHENE Soil SOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02)      
    78-87-5 1,2-DICHLOROPROPANE Ground Water BASEWIDE GROUNDWATER (01) ATSDR Profile    
    78-93-3 2-BUTANONE Ground Water BASEWIDE GROUNDWATER (01) ATSDR Profile    
    78-93-3 2-BUTANONE Ground Water SOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02) ATSDR Profile    
    78-93-3 2-BUTANONE Soil SOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02) ATSDR Profile    
    591-78-6 2-HEXANONE Soil SOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02) ATSDR Profile    
    50-29-3 4,4-DDT Soil SOIL SITES: 8, 11, 12 (03) ATSDR Profile    
    72-54-8 4,4-DICHLORODIPHENYLDICHLOROETHANE Soil SOIL SITES: 8, 11, 12 (03) ATSDR Profile    
    108-10-1 4-METHYL-2-PENTANONE Ground Water BASEWIDE GROUNDWATER (01)      
    108-10-1 4-METHYL-2-PENTANONE Ground Water SOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02)      
    67-64-1 ACETONE Ground Water BASEWIDE GROUNDWATER (01) ATSDR Profile    
    67-64-1 ACETONE Ground Water SOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02) ATSDR Profile    
    67-64-1 ACETONE Soil SOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02) ATSDR Profile    
    7429-90-5 ALUMINUM (FUME OR DUST) Soil NFA SITES (06) ATSDR Profile    
    7429-90-5 ALUMINUM (METAL) Soil NFA: SITES 7 & 14 (07)      
    11097-69-1 AROCLOR-1254 Soil SOIL SITES: 8, 11, 12 (03)      
    11096-82-5 AROCLOR-1260 Soil SOIL SITES: 8, 11, 12 (03)      
    7440-38-2 ARSENIC Soil NFA SITES (06) ATSDR Profile    
    7440-38-2 ARSENIC Soil NFA: SITES 7 & 14 (07) ATSDR Profile    
    7440-38-2 ARSENIC Soil BURN PITS: SITE 16 (09) ATSDR Profile    
    71-43-2 BENZENE Ground Water BASEWIDE GROUNDWATER (01) ATSDR Profile    
    71-43-2 BENZENE Ground Water SOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02) ATSDR Profile    
    71-43-2 BENZENE Soil SOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02) ATSDR Profile    
    205-99-2 BENZO(B)FLUORANTHENE Soil SOIL SITES: 8, 11, 12 (03)      
    205-99-2 BENZO(B)FLUORANTHENE Soil NFA SITES (06)      
    207-08-9 BENZO(K)FLUORANTHENE Soil NFA SITES (06)      
    56-55-3 BENZO[A]ANTHRACENE Soil NFA SITES (06)      
    50-32-8 BENZO[A]PYRENE Soil SOIL SITES: 8, 11, 12 (03)      
    50-32-8 BENZO[A]PYRENE Soil NFA SITES (06)      
    50-32-8 BENZO[A]PYRENE Soil NFA: SITES 7 & 14 (07)      
    7440-41-7 BERYLLIUM Soil BURN PITS: SITE 16 (09) ATSDR Profile    
    75-27-4 BROMODICHLOROMETHANE Ground Water BASEWIDE GROUNDWATER (01) ATSDR Profile    
    75-27-4 BROMODICHLOROMETHANE Ground Water SOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02) ATSDR Profile    
    75-25-2 BROMOFORM Ground Water SOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02) ATSDR Profile    
    75-15-0 CARBON DISULFIDE Ground Water BASEWIDE GROUNDWATER (01) ATSDR Profile    
    75-15-0 CARBON DISULFIDE Ground Water SOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02) ATSDR Profile    
    75-15-0 CARBON DISULFIDE Soil SOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02) ATSDR Profile    
    56-23-5 CARBON TETRACHLORIDE Ground Water BASEWIDE GROUNDWATER (01) ATSDR Profile    
    56-23-5 CARBON TETRACHLORIDE Ground Water SOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02) ATSDR Profile    
    56-23-5 CARBON TETRACHLORIDE Soil SOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02) ATSDR Profile    
    108-90-7 CHLOROBENZENE Ground Water BASEWIDE GROUNDWATER (01) ATSDR Profile    
    67-66-3 CHLOROFORM Ground Water BASEWIDE GROUNDWATER (01) ATSDR Profile    
    67-66-3 CHLOROFORM Ground Water SOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02) ATSDR Profile    
    74-87-3 CHLOROMETHANE Ground Water BASEWIDE GROUNDWATER (01) ATSDR Profile    
    74-87-3 CHLOROMETHANE Ground Water SOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02) ATSDR Profile    
    218-01-9 CHRYSENE Soil NFA SITES (06)      
    53-70-3 DIBENZO(A,H)ANTHRACENE Soil SOIL SITES: 8, 11, 12 (03)      
    53-70-3 DIBENZO(A,H)ANTHRACENE Soil NFA SITES (06)      
    53-70-3 DIBENZO(A,H)ANTHRACENE Soil NFA: SITES 7 & 14 (07)      
    53-70-3 DIBENZO(A,H)ANTHRACENE Soil BURN PITS: SITE 16 (09)      
    124-48-1 DIBROMOCHLOROMETHANE Ground Water BASEWIDE GROUNDWATER (01) ATSDR Profile    
    124-48-1 DIBROMOCHLOROMETHANE Ground Water SOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02) ATSDR Profile    
    60-57-1 DIELDRIN Soil SOIL SITES: 8, 11, 12 (03) ATSDR Profile    
    100-41-4 ETHYLBENZENE Ground Water BASEWIDE GROUNDWATER (01) ATSDR Profile    
    100-41-4 ETHYLBENZENE Ground Water SOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02) ATSDR Profile    
    100-41-4 ETHYLBENZENE Soil SOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02) ATSDR Profile    
    193-39-5 INDENO(1,2,3-CD)PYRENE Soil NFA SITES (06)      
    7439-96-5 MANGANESE Soil NFA SITES (06) ATSDR Profile    
    7439-96-5 MANGANESE Soil NFA: SITES 7 & 14 (07) ATSDR Profile    
    7439-96-5 MANGANESE Soil BURN PITS: SITE 16 (09) ATSDR Profile    
    93-65-2 MCPP Soil SOIL SITES: 8, 11, 12 (03)      
    75-09-2 METHYLENE CHLORIDE Ground Water BASEWIDE GROUNDWATER (01) ATSDR Profile    
    75-09-2 METHYLENE CHLORIDE Ground Water SOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02) ATSDR Profile    
    75-09-2 METHYLENE CHLORIDE Soil SOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02) ATSDR Profile    
    127-18-4 PCE Ground Water BASEWIDE GROUNDWATER (01) ATSDR Profile    
    127-18-4 PCE Ground Water SOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02) ATSDR Profile    
    127-18-4 PCE Soil SOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02) ATSDR Profile    
    100-42-5 STYRENE Ground Water BASEWIDE GROUNDWATER (01) ATSDR Profile    
    100-42-5 STYRENE Ground Water SOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02) ATSDR Profile    
    TBD-00000010 TCA Ground Water BASEWIDE GROUNDWATER (01)      
    79-01-6 TCE Ground Water BASEWIDE GROUNDWATER (01) ATSDR Profile    
    79-01-6 TCE Ground Water SOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02) ATSDR Profile    
    79-01-6 TCE Soil SOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02) ATSDR Profile    
    127-18-4 TETRACHLOROETHENE Ground Water SOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02) ATSDR Profile    
    127-18-4 TETRACHLOROETHENE Soil SOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02) ATSDR Profile    
    108-88-3 TOLUENE Ground Water BASEWIDE GROUNDWATER (01) ATSDR Profile    
    108-88-3 TOLUENE Ground Water SOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02) ATSDR Profile    
    108-88-3 TOLUENE Soil SOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02) ATSDR Profile    
    79-01-6 TRICHLOROETHENE Ground Water SOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02) ATSDR Profile    
    79-01-6 TRICHLOROETHENE Ground Water BURN PITS: SITE 16 (09) ATSDR Profile    
    79-01-6 TRICHLOROETHENE Soil SOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02) ATSDR Profile    
    79-01-6 TRICHLOROETHYLENE Ground Water BASEWIDE GROUNDWATER (01) ATSDR Profile    
    75-69-4 TRICHLOROFLUOROMETHANE Ground Water BASEWIDE GROUNDWATER (01)      
    75-01-4 VINYL CHLORIDE Ground Water BASEWIDE GROUNDWATER (01) ATSDR Profile    
    1330-20-7 XYLENES Ground Water BASEWIDE GROUNDWATER (01) ATSDR Profile    
    1330-20-7 XYLENES Ground Water SOIL VOC SOURCE AREA: SITE 24 (02) ATSDR Profile    
    1330-20-7 XYLENES Soil SOIL VOC      

MILITARY BASES ON THE NPL (EPA SUPERFUNDS)

US Air Force

Air Force Plant #4 (General Dynamics)

Fort Worth TX

Air Force Plant 85

Columbus OH

Air Force Plant PJKS

Littleton CO

American Lake Gardens/McChord AFB

Tacoma WA

Andersen Air Force Base

Yigo GU

Andrews Air Force Base

Andrews Air Force Base MD

Arnold Engineering Development Center (USAF)

Tullahoma/Manchester TN

Brandywine DRMO

Brandywine MD

Castle Air Force Base (6 Areas)

Merced CA

Chanute Air Force Base

Rantoul IL

Dover Air Force Base

Dover DE

Edwards Air Force Base

Edwards AFB CA

Eielson Air Force Base

Fairbanks AK

Ellsworth Air Force Base

Ellsworth AFB SD

Elmendorf Air Force Base

Anchorage AK

F.E. Warren Air Force Base

Cheyenne WY

Fairchild Air Force Base (4 Waste Areas)

Spokane WA

George Air Force Base

Victorville

CA

Griffiss Air Force Base (11 Areas)

Rome NY

Hanscom Field/Hanscom Air Force Base

Bedford MA

Hill Air Force Base

Hill AFB UT

Homestead Air Force Base

Homestead Air Force Base FL

Loring Air Force Base

Limestone ME

Luke Air Force Base

Glendale AZ

March Air Force Base

Riverside CA

Mather Air Force Base (AC&W Disposal Site)

Mather CA

McChord Air Force Base (Wash Rack/Treatment Area)

Tacoma WA

McClellan Air Force Base (Ground Water Contamination)

McClellan AFB CA

McGuire Air Force Base #1

Wrightstown NJ

Mountain Home Air Force Base

Mountain Home ID

Norton Air Force Base (Lndfll #2)

San Bernardino CA

Pease Air Force Base

Portsmouth/Newington NH

Plattsburgh Air Force Base

Plattsburgh NY

Rickenbacker Air National Guard (USAF)

Lockbourne OH

Robins Air Force Base (Landfill #4/Sludge Lagoon)

Houston County GA

Tinker Air Force Base (Soldier Creek/Building 3001)

Oklahoma City OK

Travis Air Force Base

Travis AFB CA

Twin Cities Air Force Reserve Base (Small Arms Range Landfill)

Minneapolis MN

Tyndall Air Force Base

Panama City FL

Williams Air Force Base

Chandler AZ

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

Dayton OH

Wurtsmith Air Force Base

Oscoda MI

US Army

Aberdeen Proving Ground (Edgewood Area)

Edgewood MD

Aberdeen Proving Ground (Michaelsville Landfill)

Aberdeen MD

Alabama Army Ammunition Plant

Childersburg AL

Anniston Army Depot (Southeast Industrial Area)

Anniston AL

Cornhusker Army Ammunition Plant

Hall County NE

Fort Devens

Fort Devens MA

Fort Devens-Sudbury Training Annex

Sudbury MA

Fort Dix (Landfill Site)

Pemberton Township NJ

Fort Eustis (US Army)

Newport News VA

Fort George G. Meade

Odenton MD

Fort Lewis (Landfill No. 5)

Tacoma WA

Fort Lewis Logistics Center

Tillicum WA

Fort Ord

Marina CA

Fort Richardson (USARMY)

Anchorage AK

Fort Riley

Junction City KS

Fort Wainwright

Fort Wainwright AK

Iowa Army Ammunition Plant

Middletown IA

Joliet Army Ammunition Plant (Load-Assembly-Packing Area)

Joliet IL

Joliet Army Ammunition Plant (Manufacturing Area)

Joliet IL

Lake City Army Ammunition Plant (Northwest Lagoon)

Independence MO

Letterkenny Army Depot (PDO Area)

Franklin County PA

Letterkenny Army Depot (SE Area)

Chambersburg PA

Lone Star Army Ammunition Plant

Texarkana TX

Longhorn Army Ammunition Plant

Karnack TX

Louisiana Army Ammunition Plant

Doyline LA

Materials Technology Laboratory (USARMY)

Watertown

MA

Milan Army Ammunition Plant

Milan TN

Natick Laboratory Army Research, Development, and Engineering Center

Natick MA

New Brighton/Arden Hills/TCAAP (USARMY)

New Brighton MN

Picatinny Arsenal (USARMY)

Rockaway Township NJ

Riverbank Army Ammunition Plant

Riverbank CA

Rocky Mountain Arsenal (USARMY)

Adams County CO

Sacramento Army Depot

Sacramento CA

Savanna Army Depot Activity

Savanna IL

Schofield Barracks (USARMY)

Schofield HI

Seneca Army Depot

Romulus NY

Sharpe Army Depot

Lathrop CA

Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant

Desoto KS

Tobyhanna Army Depot

Tobyhanna PA

Tooele Army Depot (North Area)

Tooele UT

Tracy Defense Depot (USARMY)

Tracy CA

Umatilla Army Depot (Lagoons)

Hermiston OR

US Army/NASA Redstone Arsenal

Huntsville AL

Weldon Spring Former Army Ordnance Works

St. Charles County MO

West Virginia Ordnance (USARMY)

Point Pleasant WV

US Coast Guard

Curtis Bay Coast Guard Yard

Baltimore MD

US Navy

Adak Naval Air Station

Adak AK

Alameda Naval Air Station

Alameda CA

Allegany Ballistics Laboratory (USNAVY)

Mineral County WV

Bangor Naval Submarine Base

Silverdale WA

Bangor Ordnance Disposal (USNAVY)

Bremerton WA

Barstow Marine Corps Logistics Base

Barstow CA

Brunswick Naval Air Station

Brunswick ME

Camp Lejeune Military Res. (USNAVY)

Onslow County NC

Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base

Camp Pendleton CA

Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station

Havelock NC

Concord Naval Weapons Station

Concord CA

Davisville Naval Construction Battalion Center

North Kingstown RI

El Toro Marine Corps Air Station

El Toro CA

Indian Head Naval Surface Warfare Center

Indian Head MD

Jackson Park Housing Complex (USNAVY)

Kitsap County WA

Jacksonville Naval Air Station

Jacksonville FL

Marine Corps Combat Development Command

Quantico VA

Marine Corps Logistics Base

Albany GA

Moffett Naval Air Station

Moffett Field CA

Naval Air Development Center (8 Waste Areas)

Warminster Township PA

Naval Air Engineering Center

Lakehurst NJ

Naval Air Station, Whidbey Island (Ault Field)

Whidbey Island WA

Naval Air Station, Whidbey Island (Seaplane Base)

Whidbey Island WA

Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek

Virginia Beach VA

Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Eastern Pacific

Wahiawa HI

Naval Industrial Reserve Ordnance Plant

Fridley MN

Naval Security Group Activity

Sabana Seca PR

Naval Surface Warfare Center – Dahlgren

Dahlgren VA

Naval Undersea Warfare Engineering Station (4 Waste Areas)

Keyport WA

Naval Weapons Industrial Reserve Plant

Bedford MA

Naval Weapons Station – Yorktown

Yorktown VA

Naval Weapons Station Earle (Site A)

Colts Neck NJ

Navy Ships Parts Control Center

Mechanicsburg PA

New London Submarine Base

New London CT

Newport Naval Education & Training Center

Newport RI

Norfolk Naval Base (Sewells Point Naval Complex)

Norfolk VA

Norfolk Naval Shipyard

Portsmouth VA

NWS Yorktown – Cheatham Annex

Yorktown VA

Parris Island Marine Corps Recruit Depot

Parris Island

SC

Patuxent River Naval Air Station

Patuxent River MD

Pearl Harbor Naval Complex

Pearl Harbor

HI

Pensacola Naval Air Station

Pensacola FL

Port Hadlock Detachment (USNAVY)

Indian Island WA

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

Kittery ME

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard Complex

Bremerton WA

South Weymouth Naval Air Station

Weymouth MA

St. Juliens Creek Annex (U.S. Navy)

Chesapeake VA

Treasure Island Naval Station-Hunters Point Annex

San Francisco CA

USN Air Station Cecil Field

Jacksonville FL

Washington Navy Yard

Washington DC

Whiting Field Naval Air Station

Milton FL

Willow Grove Naval Air and Air Reserve Station

Horsham PA

Yuma Marine Corps Air Station

Yuma AZ



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17 Responses to "VETERANS EXPOSED TO CHEMICALS NEED TO KNOW"

  1. Eric Rolston  November 5, 2015 at 7:17 pm

    looks like alot of your links are broken…..

  2. Frank Dedon  November 2, 2010 at 11:01 am

    https://afrpaar.lackland.af.mil/ar/docsearch.aspx

    Hello brothers.
    FYI
    THe link above is a resource for all kinds of offical docs regurding the EPA’s inter actions with the listed military bases.
    Understand this! PHASE 1 is a records search. Base records were searched for hazardous chemicals, their locations and uses. THIS is very Helpful. I was able to find out where air plumes and underground water plumes were. If my drinking water was contamanated. I have complete list of the hazardous chemicals I used in my shop.

    WARNING! THIS WEB SITE IS CONFUSING.

    #1. They have not renewed their “certificate” SO you get all kinds of warnings from your brouser saying “don’t go” “danger Will Robinson” You just got to trust me and go on. This morning I typed the address in my brouser and I could not gotothis site I kept getting a AFRPA AR Web Server page. I copyed the address into yahoo and click on the link and got there that way with the usuall red flag in my address bgar.

    #2. On the left of home page chose your base from the list. THEN pick the dates of the records you want to see. OH BOY. Be carful about how you pick your dates from the drop down list. TO me it seems backwards. Phase 1 started around 1984 so iI recoment a starting date of 1980 and end with todays date. Hit the search button and you will get all kinds of PDF files.

    Most of you probley already knew about this stuff, but us newbes need to see current info to save us the time it would tke to go through the archives.
    Thank you for your support.
    Frankd Dedon

  3. veterans are pieces of used, violated meat  October 29, 2010 at 1:49 am

    it’s not just chemicals. how about radiation? some of us got such hyper doses that our thyroids got destroyed and we run an almost certainty of developing ‘RADIO BIKINI’ types of leukemia and other radiation related cancers.

    back in the day, they lied and said; “oh, your radiation dosage on this vessel is less than what you get on any american street in direct sunlight..”

    maybe that’s true in Minneapolis, where the Army released radioactive isotopes onto the steets of the city to see what the effects on human life would be.

    I think that the extreme right wing of the government has an approach of; “oh, quit your whining” and “keep yer yap shut” and the left has a ‘third rail’ approach to talking about veteran’s issues like these.

    but the sad reality is that as a G.I., you’re just a piece of meat. MK ULTRA, and other skullduggery is just the tip of the iceberg. Almost all of us got marched thru the gas chamber and had our masks ripped off our faces so we could breathe in stuff that isn’t benign or harmless, and millions of us now have been dosed with radiation on submarines, surface nuclear ships, and in nuclear weapons guarding duties we performed during our service.

    and the people in general don’t really care, because we’re not their family members.

    we’re just old, used pieces of meat. ex-Government issue meat. fried meat.

    and in a lot of cases, dead or dying meat.

    and we didn’t have to get it in combat. our own government lied to us.

  4. Uncle Sam's Mistress  October 28, 2010 at 8:44 am

    Are the Middle East posts not on this lists? I won’t be surprised to see how much chemical damage was done to our military from over there.

    • Robert O'Dowd  October 28, 2010 at 12:35 pm

      The National Priorities List (NPL) is the list of national priorities among the known releases or threatened releases of hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants throughout the United States and its territories. Middle East posts are not part of the National Priority List program (EPA Superfund).

      It’s nearly impossible to escape environmental hazards on any military base. The nature of the mission and the materials handled can easily be occupational risks to those exposed. As far as the Middle East is concerned, the burn pits in Iraq were the subject of at least one Congressional inquiry. For example, dioxins, one of the herbicides in Agent Orange, are a product of incomplete combustion.

  5. Edward Bryan  October 27, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    Edward J. Bryan 685 Broadway St. Apt. # 74 Malden, Mass. 02148 Tel. # 781-321-3161

    October 17, 2005

    Environmental Protection Agency Office of the Inspector General
    ( 2441T ) 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW. Washington, DC. 20460
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    Re: Possible Tainted Drinking Water

    Dear Mr. Dare
    The list of Facts / Information from the Town of Holliston, and the surrounding towns in Massachusetts regarding Drinking Well Water and the effects of the contaminants in the drinking water supply. This is a multi-jurisdictional issue. Emergency hearings would be the first order of business to correct this problem. This document has been compiled by many Holliston Town residents, other Town residents and concerned citizens. Holliston / Massachusetts Clean Drinking Water Contacts Senator Edward M. Kennedy Julie Ryder 617-565-3170 Congressman James P. McGovern Sean Navin 508-460-9292 Tom Carpenter EPA / Washington 202-564-4885 Julie Du Ph.d. EPA / Washington 202-566-1099 Robert Varney EPA / Boston Administrator 888-372-7341 James Murphy EPA / Boston / Nyanza 617-918-1028 Preliminary meeting only on 10-14-2005. Nancy Smith EPA / Boston / Holliston 617-918-1291 Robert Golledge MA / DEP / Commissioner 617-292-5856 Martin Suuberg MA / DEP / Director Worcester 508-792-7650 Dan Hannon MA / DEP / Worcester 508-767-2822 Paul Anderson MA / DEP / Worcester 508-767- 2802 Steve Johnson MA / DEP / Boston / Nyanza 978-661-7710 David Buckley MA / DEP / Boston / Nyanza 617-556-1184 Carol Rowen West MA / DEP Toxicocologist 617-292-5510 Annie McMillan MA / DPH Cancer Registry 617-624-5607 Ann McCobb Town of Holliston Board of Health 508-429-0605 Mark Otis Corp of Engineers ( Concord, Ma ) 978-318-8895 Bill Sweet ASTDR / DPH / Senior Regional Rep. 617-918-1490 1). Chemicals in the Town’s drinking water supply. See: http://www.townofholliston.us/ check the water test results on the quality. 2). Manganese Exposure EPA and DEP are not aware of exposures. Metric Tons of this type and other chemicals in the Nyanza Dump and it does leach into ground water. Human exposure effects are the following, Ataxia, Coordination impairment, anxiety, dementia, involuntary movements, or a syndrome similar to Parkinson’s disease ( EPA-815-R-03-12 / July 2003 ), Also there are new types of cancers they are bone cancers ( Pubmed Articles ) rare type of Osteosarcomas. * Julie Du and others said there is no health effects from Manganese it is natural accuring in the United States, we just did Manganese in 2003 and they said it wouldn’t be looked at anytime soon. Did the EPA and DEP make a big Mistake on their calculations. See: ATSDR ( FY 1999 ) Profile and Annual Report on neurotoxic or other health effects of substances such as zinc, manganese, lead, and chlordane. There were 11 studies done by the Minority Heath Professions Foundation ( MHPF ) and no report was done on neurotoxic effects and bone cancers, what happened ? * Nine Mile Run, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. A 244-acre inactive slag disposal area and exposure to Manganese and other chemicals, is this a common problem of exposures through out the United States around Hazardous Waste Sites ? * The Massachusetts Cancer Registry reported that 5 Osteosarcomas ( rare cancer ) are in Holliston and less than <5 are in surrounding towns. The 1 / 100,000 doesn’t apply in this case. Megans medical doctor said that their wouldn’t be another Osteosarcoma in more than 25 miles from her home, but they are all in Holliston and its surrounding towns. * The new cancer update will be reported out in November 2005 from the MA / DPH on the Nyanza Chemical Site. Holliston should update their epidemiology so we can find out what streets these cancers are on from the MA / DPH. * The Manganese levels in Holliston are in excess to 300% or .001 mg/L, and 6800% or 3.4 Mg/L, and 12,200% or 6.1 mg/L is very high above the SMCL. They should be below .05mg/L. * Mistakes clearly overlooked in the health effects on Manganese are, Iron and other chemicals in the drinking water supply. Just look at complaint numbers 7, 8 & 9 from the EPA and the DEP sources. Also look at the water quality reports, they tell the story. * Well # 6 is only 62’ deep and other wells in Holliston are only 80-100 feet deep ? They should be ( 350’ – 1000’ ) below bedrock for better yielding. Ground water 10-100 feet will give cross contamination. See: DEP, Private Well Guidelines ( Pump Types for deep wells ). See EPA/ROD/R01-85/013 ( Record of Decision ) 1985 pgs. 1-5 site location and Description on the difference of the aquifers ? and sludge is leaching into ground water from the Nyanza Chemical Dump. 3). Iron was another mineral in excess. The town of Holliston is not aware of the health effects from excess iron in drinking water. 4). Casella Waste Management transfer station is next to well # 6, the chemical run-off into the ground water. The ( DEP ) Permit number for operation is Mar05B935. Casella Waste Systems, Holliston, Ma. Transfer Station. 115 Washington Street. Holliston, Ma. 01746. * 1.7 Millions of pounds of hazardous trash is in a residential community every day. * See Holliston’s Dirty little Secret on Video, focus on the pennies and you will get the idea. Sent with complaint. 5). Nyanza Chemical Dump ( The Big Monster ) two mile north of Well # 2 And Well # 4. High in Manganese and other toxic materials. No testing is being done south of Nyanza and the DEP says they don‘t care where the chemicals go after they leave Nyanza. 6). The EPA and The DEP report that there are two different aquifers. Other “ people argue ” their could be one. There could be contamination into other sub-surface “ cracks: / faults, known sub-surface ”, “ upper granite cracks ” in Holliston Bird site area, conduit from many monitoring wells in Nyanza area and Holliston Casella area are causing cross contamination. 7). The seven towns effected by subsurface contamination into drinking water aquifers are, Ashland, Holliston, Framingham, Sherborn, Southborough, Medway and Millis. The exposures are as follows, A). 143 Hazardous Waste Sites. B). 538 Oil Sites. C). 681 Total Sites 8). Just Holliston’s aquifer alone has many exposures they are as follows, according to the DEP waste sites, A). 19 Hazardous Waste Sites B). 25 Oil Sites C). 44 Total Sites. 9). The EPA has Regulated the sites in Holliston Ma. Why are there conflicting reports with the EPA and the DEP ? A). 52 Hazardous Waste sites. B). 14 Oil Sites C). 66 total sites. 10). Most of testing on water quality is done ten ( 10 ) feet down in this region. Most of the testing in this region should be done at least 500’ – 1000’ for well water drinking test. 12). Dogs and cats have many different cases of cancers. 13). There is Teeth Discoloration from high levels of Manganese concentration in the general population. 14). There is1960 style Industrial Sites in this region, they should be updated to the present time. 15). Abbess Instruments 583 Winter St. and Harvard Apparatus of New Englander Park are not on the EPA’s Envirofacts sheet or MA / DEP as of October 13, 2005. All hazardous companies should be on record for public health records and fire department reports. 16). There seems to be another problem I cannot put my finger on. This Gyroscope ( Beryllium ) metal. The companies seem to have other addresses and P.O. Boxes, so the public cannot find them. How to remedy this Emergency situation, 1). The residents in this aquifer system need clean bottled water to drink until the problem is remedied. 2). A total Clean up of all Hazardous waste sites around drinking wells is needed to stop the Pollution 100% in this area. 3). The Town of Holliston needs to Find out exactly where the Manganese, Iron and other chemicals are coming from. 4). Install Mwra Pipes / Title 5, or relocate wells for safer drinking water and go deeper into aquifers. 5). The Local hospitals need to keep better records on cancer and where they are coming from. 6). A Panel from surrounding towns ( Multi-town Study ) with the EPA, DEP, DPH, Board of Healths, Community Residents and concerned citizens. 7). Compare the Chemicals from Nyanza and all the Wells in the Holliston and surrounding towns Aquifer systems for comparison. 8). Have the EPA and the MA / DEP records reflect the true waste sites. 9). All Hazardous sites should be on a report with the local Board of Health and Fire Department. Linking chemicals to health and diseases, 1). Manganese – Central Nervous System and Bone Cancers. 2). Cancer rates from DPH ( 5 ) rare bone cancers from Holliston and less than five in surrounding towns, the numbers are too high in this aquifer system. 3). The Epidemiology Study should be up dated for the town of Holliston A.S.A.P. Megan says “ I don’t care where the chemicals are coming from, just clean it up ! ” Edward J. Bryan

  6. retired  October 26, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    For my disability claim, I had to pay a doctor, a toxicologist who does Medical Opinions for corporations, $1,600. I submitted this IMO with my claim. I had to research the whole Internet and e-mailed lots of organizations. The report was pre-pared after my exam, at which I also supplied the doctor with some of my medical records. I have a couple feet of medical records, but the doctor wated $600 per inch. I chose a couple inches out of the 2 feet I have. The report the doctor prepared and sent me is the asize of 3 yellow phone books. Also has some language such as more likely than not.

  7. Van  October 26, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    Just a couple of things vets should know about these sites. NPL sites are the worst of the superfund sites. In 2001 there were 160 bases on NPL. Sites are added and subtracted so veterans need to look up the bases where they were stationed. You may have been stationed on an NPL site that was restored and taken off the NPL list.
    There are many more superfund sites. Quite possibly in the thousands.

    Also contaminants are fairly consistent from type of base to type of base. The services have manuals on how they do things and what chemicals are used. These chemicals would also be consistent for ships and when they were built. There is some deviation but they’re pretty consistent. Pesticides depend on the environment they’re to be used in but they too are pretty consistent. Agent Orange was used on a lot of military installations. TCE was used on probably every base and ship.

    Many of these chemicals can be synergistic. When you mix certain toxic chemicals you may get a more toxic substance. The pesticides, insecticides and herbicides, should never be housed or used together because they may become synergistic. But most of us know they were used routinely throughout our military installations and ships. And can be found in many of the military’s drinking water supplies. Lejeune is a good example. The corporations, government and their scientist would hope we not know what happens with these toxics and what other more toxic substances they’ve created.

    Lastly many of these toxics are dioxin forming chemicals. When heated they form dioxin. DDT is a good example. Pcb’s are others. Fuels such as benzene. There are a lot. Our bluewater veterans found this out.

    Maybe some energetic person out there would do up a wikipedia type site to classify these chemicals and what they were used for in the real world on the military installations, planes and ships.

  8. James Church  October 25, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    Thank you! I knew somewhere there had ro be info on Toulene. We practically bathed in the stuff. Cleaned parts, washed hands and body with it to remove grease, and the list goes on and on. Now how do I begin my battle with the VA.

    • Robert O'Dowd  October 25, 2010 at 10:53 pm

      Jim,

      You must have a current disability to even apply for Disability Compensation with the VA. If you have a current medical condition linked to exposure to Toulene, I recommend that you ask your doctor to provide you with a nexus opinion (following the acceptable VA language), discuss your military service exposure with the doctor, provide him copies of your service records, including a description of your MOS and your exposure to Toulene and a copy of EPA COC’s which show Toulene on the base. I’d also buy a copy of John Roche’s The Veterans Survival Guide. You can get a copy from Amazon on the internet for about $15. Roche is a retired Air Force major who worked for the VA for a number of years. His book will save you valuable time in putting together a successful claim. Good luck.

  9. CSM(R) Gary Flaherty  October 25, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    I am the County Director for Columbia County, New York and want to thank you for this information. I have not seen it before. Now that I have, IT WILL BE PUT OUT BY EVERY SOURCE POSSIBLE. Once again, what is wrong. I took care of my troops and feel that now we must take care of our Veterans.

    Gary

    • Robert O'Dowd  October 25, 2010 at 2:45 pm

      Gary, thanks for your support. It’s obvious that you do care about veterans. Bob O’Dowd

  10. Snakecharmer  October 25, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    I also have the list of Super Funds on my site http://www.veteransinfo.org/epa.html

  11. Johnny P. Barron  October 25, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Bob…the V.A. will bury me but they keep denying my medical claims. I’m in the process of getting another MEDICAL NEXUS OPINION. The one doctor that I asked shied away from doing this for me. I guess the V.A. is waiting for us to die off.

    • Robert O'Dowd  October 25, 2010 at 12:27 pm

      Johnny,

      Getting a doctor to sign-off on an acceptable VA nexus opinion is not easy. See http://www.mwsg37.com/2009/06/nexus-statement.html for an example of the language the VA looks for in a nexus opinion. If your doctor agrees that at least 50% of the evidence supports your current disability linked to military service, then the preferred language is the veteran’s current disability is “at least as likely as not” due to military service. Good luck.

  12. Jim Davis, Veterans-For-Change  October 24, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    Bob, it’s probably going to take hundreds more deaths, or thousands upon thousands of Veterans to wake up and realize they need to take control of their healthcare and help push Congress and the VA into recognizing these chemicals and make them SC.

    As for the national VSO’s, they will never lift a finger and rock the boat to their sweet federal funds and perks! Just not going to happen!

    • Robert O'Dowd  October 24, 2010 at 11:17 pm

      Jim,
      It doesn’t cost the VSO’s anything to publish this information in a news letter or on an internet website. I’m not asking them to help support VA disability claims for exposure to toxic chemicals. But, to avoid passing on critical information to their memberships which could help save lives that’s another story. They need to take a hard look in the mirror each day before going to work. While it’s true that DOD is responsible for the contamination, the VSO’s can’t avoid the responsibility of alerting their memberships to the risk of exposures to COC’s at EPA Superfund sites.

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