Military Environmental Contamination
Today, in Dec. 2018, I’m aware of four ex-USAF Air Police (APs) , ex-waste pit guards, who were stationed with me at Ramey AFB, Puerto Rico. Two of them have died from bladder cancer and the two remaining have been diagnosed with the same malady. While the base has not been designated as an environmental clean-up zone, toxic waste was being indiscriminately discarded, but requiring AP guards before the base was decommissioned. Without superfund identification, the VA doesn’t recognize the commonality of the situations, an Agent Orange situation all over again, one in which neither these victims nor survivors have the resources or victim life expectancy to take the situation to court.
Ramey AFB hazardous waste that I personally know of includes hundreds of used trichlorethelene and toluene wipes. Many of these would also have had particles of Plutonium from cleaning Plutonium spheres used in nuclear weapons of the day.
In Kansas (McConnell Air Force Base) I cleaned a spalling sphere from a “training” Mk 6 Mod 6 weapon, which means a LOT of Plutonium particles in the waste because I KNOW the people in charge had NO IDEA how poisonous it was.
The bottom line is that ANY military base leaves a contaminated waste area behind~ Don Chapin, Capt. USAF, Ret’d, ex-nuclear weapons electronics technician/team chief… ref. my bio.
- I personally know of four claimants to waste pit contamination that left ex-waste pit guards to combat bladder cancer later in life. ~ Don Chapin
- This external article is a very important read: The Military Is Poisoning America’s Groundwater, by Pat Elder, Director, the National Coalition to Protect Student Privacy
- This reposted article on our site provides a current assessment of the Superfund backlog: EPA’s Superfund Program In Shambles
Making America Feared Again... The Trump Administration Considers Resuming (UNNECESSARY) Nuclear Weapons Testing By Lawrence Wittner, Global Research, July 20, 2020, Common Dreams 18 July 2020...
The number of unfunded toxic cleanup sites has ballooned, from 12 in 2016 ― Obama’s last year in office ― to 34 in 2019, according to EPA figures released late last month. It’s the biggest backlog in at least 15 years, according to The Associated Press.
I am an investigative journalist with www.civilianexposure.org, a group based in Contaminated Camp Lejeune, NC. The Marines, Army, Navy, and Air Force are all poisoning us and it’s getting worse under the Trump administration. In January, Californians will start...
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NNOMY Climate Action for Peace on Peace Day 2019: Video from our friends at the The National Network Opposing the Militarization of Youth (NNOMY) posted for International Day of Peace 2019
These videos show how navy sonar affects marine mammals like killer whales and dolphins…even at distances of 12-15 miles away from the ship. You can hear the hideous sounds and see the animals swimming, some erratically, to shore in an attempt to escape the painful sound. If you are thinking of enlisting in the US Navy, you may be ordered to participate in this illegal & immoral activity
This 2019 article explains how Navy sonar harms marine mammals such as whales and dolphins—we now know that they get “the bends” when frantically trying to escape the sound.
The Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals in California has ruled that the low-frequency active sonar (LFA) systems used by the US Navy for training missions violates the Marine Mammal protection Act, and negatively impacts whales, dolphins, and walruses who rely on sound to navigate the seas.
The impacts of Navy sonar on whales and dolphins are now well-documented. This 2017 research paper by E. C. M. Parsons digs into the details and includes links to numerous studies. A vital read!
Mining Leaves Taxpayers Cleanup Bill The DoD is counting on tRump's proclivity to abandon environmental protections... a topic that the mining industries are well versed in. Mining leaves taxpayers a cleanup bill that's beyond incredible, and the military's...
Pentagon Pushes for Weaker Standards on Chemicals Contaminating Drinking Water: REPOST of NYT article by Eric Lipton and Julie Turkewitz, March 14, 2019
This lengthy briefing document is evidence that the Department of Defense is now VERY much aware of the environmental degradation they are causing with PFOS and PFOA chemicals (and others), even in Germany. So what are they going to do about it… leave it to tRump’s administration science deniers??
An Example There may be many more victims if we don't act. Click the picture above to help. PFAS chemicals cause frequent miscarriages and other severe pregnancy complications. They contaminate human breast milk and sicken breast-feeding babies. PFAS contribute...
Reposts from militarytimes.com – USSC Rejects Veterans’ Appeal, Navy Denies Veterans’ Camp LeJeune Claims
Action Needed to Address the US Military’s (PFAS) Contamination(s) This ONE article about Pease Air Force Base is only a symptom of a MUCH LARGER problem, as I mention below. ~Don Chapin Derrick Z. Jackson, fellow | September 25, 2018, 9:30 am EST...