VETERAN SERVICE ORGANIZATIONS NEED TO PASS ON CRITICAL HEALTH INFORMATION
Updated November 4, 2010
(WASHINGTON, DC) -DOD is the biggest owner of EPA Superfund sites. The contaminants and health effects of exposure are published on the EPA Superfund website. A simple website hyperlink to military installations on the National Priority List (EPA Superfund), identifying the contaminants and health effects can save lives, but no one seems interested in setting up this hyperlink.
Courtesy of CNN
Veterans of military installations currently on the National Priority List (EPA Superfund) need to know the contaminants of concern (COC) found on these sites and the health effects of exposure to receive proper medical treatment.
Exposure to COC’s can cause serious medical conditions, including cancer and death. Veterans with serious medical conditions who were stationed on an EPA Superfund installation need to share this information with their medical care provider.
This is not about collecting a VA disability compensation, but about helping veterans “connect the dots of serious illness” to military service and giving information to their health care providers that could save their lives.
Superfund is the environmental program established to address hazardous waste sites. It is also the name of the fund established by the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980, as amended (CERCLA statute, CERCLA overview). CERCLA was passed into law in the wake of the discovery of toxic waste dumps such as Love Canal and Times Beach in the 1970s, according to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
No one in their right mind would voluntarily live and work on a Superfund site. For the most part, veterans are not provided the choice of military assignments. Many of the installations on the NPL were constructed during WW II and experienced decades of environmental contamination.
DOD has spent and continues to spend millions in the clean-up of contaminated sites.
With exception of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, DOD has no means of readily contacting veterans separated from military service for years and even decades.
Congress mandated that the Navy and Marine Corps contact veterans of Camp Lejeune regarding the contamination of the base wells.
As it turns out, thousands of veterans and their dependents lived and worked on military installations that are now listed as EPA Superfund sites. No one has notified these men and women that they are at risk for possible exposure to contaminants.
EPA lists 130 military installations as Superfund sites, including the Contaminants of Concern (COC’s) with a hyperlink to the health effects of exposure.
According to EPA, “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 COCs 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.”
Access to the COC’s and their health effects can easily be obtained from EPA’s Superfund website, if you know where to look and, if you know that you may have been exposed to one or more of the contaminants.
The first page of every EPA Superfund website contains a site progress profile, including important information on contamination.
Under the caption “Contamination,” a reader can quickly access all of the site’s COC’s with a hyperlink the health effects as determined by the Agency for Toxic Substances Health Registry (ATSDR), the Federal agency responsible for performing public health assessments of EPA Superfund sites.
The Veterans Administration and the Veterans Service Organizations (VSO’s) have the capability to establish a website hyperlink to the list of EPA Superfunds that are military installations.
Legislation may be needed to require the VA to establish a website hyperlink. The VA is not looking for more clients so I doubt if they would be interested in promulgating this information. On the other hand, VSO’s exist solely to service the needs of their membership or at least, that’s the theory. The VSO’s, many with excellent websites, could easily establish a hyperlink on their own authority.
Our review of the 45 VSO’s chartered by Congress or authorized by the VA to represent VA claimants showed that many have excellent website but NONE PROVIDED ACCESS TO THIS IMPORTANT HEALTH INFORMATION.
If you are a member of one of the following VSO’s chartered by Congress or recognized by the VA to represent VA claimants, take a few minutes to email your organization, asking them to help to save veterans’ lives by establishing a link to the military installations that are EPA Superfund sites. The life you save may literally be your own.
|African Amer.Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Assoc.
|Air Force Sergeants Association
|American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor
|American Ex-Prisoners of War
|American GI Forum of the United States
|American Gold Star Mothers, Inc.
|American Red Cross
|American War Mothers
|Armed Forces Services Corporation
|Army and Navy Union, USA, Inc.
|Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America
|Blinded Veterans Association
|Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc.
|Catholic War Veterans, USA, Inc.
|Congressional Medal of Honor Society of the United States of America
|Disabled American Veterans
|Fleet Reserve Association
|Gold Star Wives of America, Inc.
|Italian American War Veterans of the USA
|Jewish War Veterans of the USA
|Korean War Veterans Association, Inc.
|Legion of Valor of the USA, Inc.
|Marine Corps League
|Military Chaplains Association of the United States of America
|Military Officers Association of America
|Military Order of the Purple Heart of the U.S.A., Inc.
|Military Order of the World Wars
|National Amputation Foundation, Inc.
|National Association for Black Veterans, Inc.
|National Association of County Veterans Service Officers, Inc.
|National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs (NASDVA)
|National Veterans Legal Services Program
|National Veterans Organization of America (NOVA)
|Navy Club of the United States of America
|Navy Mutual Aid Association
|Non Commissioned Officers Association
|Paralyzed Veterans of America
|Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, Inc.
|Polish Legion of American Veterans, USA
|Reserve Officers Association of the United States
|Swords to Plowshares: Veterans Rights Organization
|The Retired Enlisted Association
|United Spinal Association
|United States Submarine Veterans, Inc.
|US Submarine Veterans of World War II
|Veterans Assistance Foundation, Inc.
|Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States
|Veterans of the Vietnam War, Inc./Vets. Coalition
|Veterans of World War I of the USA, Inc.
|Vietnam Veterans of America
|Women`s Army Corps Veterans Association
|Wounded Warrior Project
I’ve listed the military installations that are EPA Superfund sites by military service below. Please pass this information on to a veteran.
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
- 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
- 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, mp 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
The views expressed herein are the views of the author exclusively and not necessarily the views of VT, VT authors, affiliates, advertisers, sponsors, partners, technicians, or the Veterans Today Network and its assigns. LEGAL NOTICE - COMMENT POLICY
Posted by Robert O'Dowd
on November 1, 2010,
Filed under Veterans
You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0
You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.