Showing posts with label contaminated water. Show all posts
Showing posts with label contaminated water. Show all posts

Thursday, September 12, 2019

90 Army posts have contaminated drinking water

update List of Bases Contaminated with PFAS Chemicals Expected to Grow, Pentagon Says

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These 90 Army posts have contaminated drinking water

Military Times
By: Meghann Myers
  September 11, 2019
“Because many PFAS chemicals build up in the body, even very low concentrations in drinking water can increase the risks of serious health problems. What’s more, the lack of regular monitoring suggests that military personnel could have been drinking water with even higher levels of PFAS in the past.” EWG senior scientist Dave Andrews

As a Pentagon task force looks into unsafe drinking water on its installations, a new list of Army posts has been added to the roster of bases where per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances have been found in ground water as recently as this year.

Ninety active Army, Army Reserve and Army National Guard posts are on the list, obtained by the Environmental Working Group by Freedom of Information Act request, the findings of which were posted to the organization’s site late Tuesday night. The Army says that despite the confirmed presence of PFAS in the drinking water, no one is taking in unsafe levels of the chemicals, because their filtered water complies with Environmental Protection Agency guidelines.

Still, the EWG remains concerned.
Seventy-three on the list are Guard facilities, including armories, readiness centers and training areas. Of the hundreds of bases known to be contaminated, the Defense Department was required by the EPA to test about 70 following a 2012 rule on contamination monitoring.
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Friday, December 16, 2016

Camp Lejeune Marine Dying For Promised Care Delivery

Sick Marine still waits for the help he was promised
by Tracy Vedder
December 15th 2016
George's scleroderma is one of 15 diseases the Veterans' Administration determined could have been caused by contaminated drinking water at Marine base Camp LeJeune. And Congress passed a law in 2012 so anyone who served there between 1953 and 1987, and who has one of those diseases, is automatically eligible for VA health care.

SEATTLE -- In spite of a personal promise from the secretary of veterans affairs to examine his claim, a local Marine Corps veteran with a fatal disease still waits for help

In October the KOMO Investigators asked Secretary Robert McDonald about Spike George. He's battling a disease the VA already determined is service related. But not only is the VA not paying him disability, it's also stopped answering any calls or questions about his case.

Spike George can't wait much longer. He suffers from scleroderma. It's a progressive disease that makes it difficult to breathe and impossible to eat. He's so weak he can't really walk anymore. George has been in and out of the hospital for successive surgeries and bouts of pneumonia this past year. We had to ask him to drop his normally stoic demeanor to tell us how he's really doing. George admits, the reality is harsh. "There's times that I think how long? How long do I have to put up with this? How long am I going to be here ... suffering?"
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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Peterson Air Force Base Released Contaminated Water

U.S. Air Force: Toxic chemicals released into Colorado city's sewer system
CBS News
October 19, 2016
The Air Force said the tainted water was released from a storage tank sometime in the past week, but the cause of the leak was still under investigation. It was discovered during a routine inspection of the tank on Oct. 12.
DENVER -- An Air Force base in Colorado said Tuesday it accidentally released about 150,000 gallons of water containing toxic chemicals into the sewer system of the adjacent city of Colorado Springs, but the potential health hazards weren’t immediately known.

Peterson Air Force Base said the water contained perfluorinated compounds or PFCs, which have been linked to prostate, kidney and testicular cancer, along with other illnesses. The Air Force hasn’t said how high the levels were.

The chemicals didn’t get into the city’s drinking water, said Steve Berry, a spokesman for Colorado Springs Utilities.

CBS Colorado Springs affiliate KKTV reports that releasing the water isn’t an easy task.
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Friday, March 11, 2016

Military Checking 664 Sites for Contaminate Water?

Military to check for water contamination at 664 sites, including 3 in Colorado Springs
Associated Press
March 10, 2016
The Navy is giving bottled water to its personnel at the Naval Auxiliary Landing Field Fentress in Chesapeake, Virginia, and is testing wells in a nearby rural area after the discovery of perfluorinated chemicals in drinking water, which the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry says may be associated with prostate, kidney and testicular cancer, along with other health issues.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The military plans to examine hundreds of sites nationwide to determine whether chemicals from foam used to fight fires have contaminated groundwater and spread to drinking water, the Defense Department said.

The checks are planned for 664 sites where the military has conducted fire or crash training, military officials told The Associated Press this week.

Colorado Springs installations Fort Carson, Peterson Air Force Base and the U.S. Air Force Academy are among those where checks are planned. So are Buckley Air Force Base and Lowery Air Force Base in Denver.
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Monday, February 4, 2013

No record Marine Corps did testing on water at Camp Lejeune

No evidence Marine Corps conducted critical water test at Camp Lejeune
Tampa Bay Times
By William R. Levesque
Times Staff Writer
In Print: Monday, February 4, 2013

The Marine Corps has repeatedly argued federal law didn't regulate the cancer-causing pollutants that fouled the drinking water at Camp Lejeune until long after the contamination was discovered.

But the Corps' own regulations, starting in 1963, required water testing at the North Carolina base and other Marine bases using a method that some say could have provided a warning about tainted water, according to documents and interviews.

The method, called Carbon Chloroform Extract, or CCE, is a "technically practical procedure which will afford a large measure of protection against the presence of undetected toxic materials in finished drinking water," said the 1963 Manual of Naval Preventive Medicine, discussing requirements for all Navy and Marine bases.

The Marine Corps' regulations mandated such testing annually, or every two years if water quality was "stable."

But no record of CCE testing at Camp Lejeune can be found in the thousands of pages of documents detailing what some believe to be the worst drinking-water contamination in U.S. history.
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Wednesday, January 9, 2013

KBR found guilty wants tax payers to pay again for Iraq veterans

KBR, Guilty In Iraq Negligence, Wants Taxpayers To Foot The Bill
Ryan J. Reilly
Posted: 01/09/2013

WASHINGTON -- Sodium dichromate is an orange-yellowish substance containing hexavalent chromium, an anti-corrosion chemical. To Lt. Col. James Gentry of the Indiana National Guard, who was stationed at the Qarmat Ali water treatment center in Iraq just after the 2003 U.S. invasion, it was “just different-colored sand.” In their first few months at the base, soldiers were told by KBR contractors running the facility the substance was no worse than a mild irritant.

Gentry was one of approximately 830 service members, including active-duty soldiers and members of the National Guard and reserve units from Indiana, South Carolina, West Virginia and Oregon, assigned to secure the water treatment plant, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Sodium dichromate is not a mild irritant. It is an extreme carcinogen. In November 2009, at age 52, Gentry died of cancer. The VA affirmed two months later that his death was service-related.

In November, a jury found KBR, the military's largest contractor, guilty of negligence in the poisoning of a dozen soldiers, and ordered the company to pay $85 million in damages. Jurors found KBR knew both of the presence and toxicity of the chemical. Other lawsuits against KBR are pending.

KBR, however, says taxpayers should be on the hook for the verdict, as well as more than $15 million the company has spent in its failed legal defense, according to court documents and attorneys involved with the case.

KBR's contract with the U.S. to rebuild Iraq’s oil infrastructure after the 2003 invasion includes an indemnity agreement protecting the company from legal liability, KBR claims in court filings. That agreement, KBR insists, means the federal government must pay the company's legal expenses plus the verdict won by 12 members of the Oregon National Guard who were exposed to the toxin at the Qarmat Ali water treatment plant.
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Monday, December 10, 2012

VA denies cancer-stricken Camp Lejeune Marine compensation

VA denies cancer-stricken Marine compensation
By Donna Koehn
December 9, 2012

SARASOTA - He was expecting the worst, but that did not help when he got it.

The letter came in the mail a week ago, informing Tom Gervasi, 76, he will get no compensation from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for the male breast cancer that is killing him.

He needs proof the rare cancer was caused by contaminated groundwater he drank while stationed as a Marine at Camp Lejeune in 1956, the letter said.

Problem is, the federal agency charged with completing the tests to prove the link between the water and a high number of cancers among those who lived at the camp has not finished analyzing the area where he lived.

His wife, Elaine, calls it a catch-22.

Tom Gervasi calls it just plain nutty.

"They want me to die," he said last week. "But I'm not gonna die."

The problem for Gervasi and others is the law specifies a time frame of 1957 to 1987. Gervasi left in 1956.
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Saturday, September 22, 2012

More trouble for Camp Lejeune families

Camp Lejeune shuts down water treatment plant after mercury found
The Associated Press
Published: September 22, 2012

Camp Lejeune, the coastal Marine base with a history of problems with its drinking water, shut down one of its water-treatment plants after about 8 pounds of the type of mercury found in thermometers was discovered last week in a pipe in the facility.

Elemental mercury was found Saturday in the pipe at Hadnot Point Water Treatment Plant during maintenance, base spokesman Nat Fahy said Friday. Tests conducted after the discovery showed none of the elemental mercury in the water, Fahy said.
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Friday, January 13, 2012

Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Cover-Up Hinted In Navy Letter

Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Cover-Up Hinted In Navy Letter

Lynne Peeples

The U.S. Navy is asking government investigators to suppress information concerning the toxic water scandal at the Marine Corps' Camp Lejeune, according to a letter obtained Thursday by The Huffington Post.

The letter, signed by Maj. Gen. J.A. Kessler of the Marine Corps and dated Jan. 5, 2012, asks the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry to withhold from a forthcoming report details about the whereabouts of water lines, wells, treatment plants and storage tanks on the North Carolina military base -- in the name of national security.

"The Marine Corps understands the need to share information with the scientific community," writes Kessler, the Marines' assistant deputy commandant for installations and logistics. "Prudence requires, however, that information sharing be within the rubric of responsible force protection."

Government watchdogs and environmental advocates said they interpret the letter as further evidence of a Navy effort to evade culpability for what many call the worst and largest drinking water contamination in U.S. history.
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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Jacksonville reacts to Semper Fi: Always Faithful documentary

Jacksonville reacts to Semper Fi: Always Faithful documentary
November 15, 2011 10:11 AM
Many came in hopes they might find answers to questions they’ve had for years. For some, those answers were shocking.

The Wilmington-based non-profit organization Working Films gave a special screening of the film Semper Fi: Always Faithful to an audience of around 100 people at Northside High School Sunday afternoon.

The documentary highlighted Jerry Ensminger’s tenacity in pushing forward information about drinking water contamination aboard Camp Lejeune that has affected thousands people for several decades.

The 2011 film, directed by Rachel Libert and Tony Hardmon, documents Esminger and other former Camp Lejeune troops and their families as they searched for answers about a period of chemical contamination in the base drinking water. It portrays their inexhaustible attempts to get authorities to hold the base accountable for their lack of response and cover-up of the issue and ensure those affected by contacted by the base.
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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Families Exposed To Toxic Water Make Progress in Fight

Families Exposed To Toxic Water Make Progress in Fight

This 4th of July, some local Marine Corps families exposed to contaminated water are feeling mixed emotions. They're proud to have served their country, but are still looking for recognition for injuries suffered by their families.

Imagine drinking water that's so contaminated, it can cause severe health problems, including birth defects and childhood leukemia. It's estimated a million people were exposed to that for years at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. One local family has been fighting to get those people health care benefits and as Local 12's Paula Toti reports, they got some good news on Monday.
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Families Exposed To Toxic Water Make Progress in Fight

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Former Marine sues over Camp Lejeune water contamination

Former Marine sues over Camp Lejeune water contamination



WASHINGTON - A man who served at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune for nearly two years in the 1950s has sued the federal government for $16 million, saying poisonous water at the North Carolina base caused his cancer.
Joel P. Shriberg of Pinehurst, N.C., was diagnosed in 2004 with male breast cancer and had a radical mastectomy on his left breast. The cancer has since metastasized to his lung, according to the suit he filed last week in the U.S. District Court's Eastern District of North Carolina.
Shriberg is one of more than 65 men across the United States who has been diagnosed with male breast cancer after serving at Lejeune. He couldn't be reached for comment.
According to his lawsuit, he was a clerk with the 155th Howitzer Division from September 1957 through April 1959, when he was honorably discharged with the rank of colonel.
That was when, according to federal and state documents, poisons that included tetrachloroethylene, trichloroethylene and benzene contaminated Camp Lejeune's water system. The contamination lasted until the mid-1980s.
The contamination violated military standards that included Navy drinking water standards of 1946, the lawsuit claims.
Federal scientists have established that the water was hazardous, and the Department of Veterans Affairs has begun establishing some links on a case-by-case basis between the water and some diseases, including male breast cancer.
The suit says the Marine Corps failed to protect Lejeune residents during the period of contamination and that it has been "passive" about notifying Marines and their families since. The military never contacted Shriberg, according to his suit. He learned about and signed up with the Marines' water contamination registry last April.

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Monday, February 15, 2010

Camp Lejeune's ex-residents, many ill, only now learning of toxic water

Camp Lejeune's ex-residents, many ill, only now learning of toxic water
By Barbara Barrett, McClatchy Newspapers
Stars and Stripes online edition, Sunday, February 14, 2010
WASHINGTON — Paul Akers was in his oncologist's office last summer when his adult daughter handed him a magazine.

He saw a half-page ad from the Marine Corps, alerting former residents of Camp Lejeune, N.C., that if they lived on the base between 1957 and 1987, they might have been exposed to contaminated water.

Akers thought about his mother, the wife of a Marine, who died in 1960.
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Camp Lejeune's ex-residents, many ill, only now learning of toxic water

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Camp Lejeune Veteran Marines want answers on water and cancer

What was in Marines' water?
Study probes vets' health problems

Shelby Township resident James Fontella is a breast cancer survivor who believes contaminated water at the Camp Lejeune military base in North Carolina caused his illness.

The Marines are trying to determine whether he and 3,346 other Michiganders with various illnesses are correct about a possible link.

They are among 144,000 people nationwide participating in a study on the health effects of drinking water at Camp Lejeune between the mid-1950s and the mid-1980s.

The list includes servicemen such as Mike Doyle and John Yeip of Warren and Pat Flynn, who lives near Iron Mountain, all with kidney problems; Natalie McPherson, whose husband, Anthony, died of Hodgkin's disease; Tim Heffron of Grand Rapids, who has lumps in his chest; and Joshua Smith of Chelsea, Kathleen Armstrong of Redford Township and Richard Herr of Jackson -- three breast cancer survivors.

Fontella, a 63-year-old Vietnam veteran, wants more than confirmation. He wants compensation.

As a veteran, he can't sue the government, but he and two others asked Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, to co-sponsor a bill that would ensure hospital, medical and nursing home care for Camp Lejeune veterans and families.

Camp Lejeune is a Superfund site now -- the federal government ordered the military to clean it up.

Did you ever live at Camp Lejeune?

The water at the base was contaminated between the 1950s and 1980s, and the Marine Corps has a registry at

Click on "Register Here." The Camp Lejeune Call Center number is 877-261-9782, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Detroit time, or e-mail

For advocacy information, a time line of Camp Lejeune contamination events and a discussion group, go to , a Web site hosted by Mike Partain.

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What was in Marines water

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Former Camp Lejeune resident sues feds citing contaminated drinking water

Veteran’s Administration News - Former Camp Lejeune contaminated drinking water!
2009-07-09 01:43:31 (GMT) ( - Justice News Flash, Personal Injury)

Former Camp Lejeune resident sues feds citing contaminated drinking water.

Dallas, TX (–Star News reported, a personal injury lawsuit was filed against the U.S. government on July 4, in federal court in the Eastern District of North Carolina. The lawsuit is seeking an upwards of $10,000 in personal injury damages. The plaintiff alleges she consumed polluted drinking water during the time she was living at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, Florida. Attorneys for the plaintiff and former Lejeune resident, Laura J. Jones, asserts the United States government, and agents of the Department of Defense, knowingly and willfully exposed Marines, sailors, their families, and civilian employees to highly polluted drinking water contained at the military base.
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Friday, July 3, 2009

Growing list of men with breast cancer linked to Camp Lejeune

Now 17 veterans with rare cancer or tumors with Camp Lejeune ties
By William R. Levesque, Times Staff Writer
Posted: Jul 03, 2009 06:01 PM

Scientists studying drinking water contamination at Camp Lejeune were startled when 11 men with breast cancer and ties to the North Carolina base were identified over the last two years.

Six more have been found in one week.

Five additional men with breast cancer and a sixth who had a double mastectomy after doctors found pre-cancerous tumors contacted the St. Petersburg Times last week after reading a story about the 11 men with the rare disease.

"This male breast cancer cluster is a smoking gun," breast cancer survivor Mike Partain said on Friday. "You just can't ignore it. You don't need science to tell you something is wrong. It's common sense. It begs to be studied."

Partain, 41, of Tallahassee, was born at the Marines Corps base and diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007. He has worked for two years to find other men with breast cancer who lived at Camp Lejeune.

He found the first nine men before the Times profiled his search in a story on June 28, a story that noted the newspaper had found another man not on Partain's list.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Indiana, Oregon and West Virginia National Guards, cancer and KBR

Did KBR know Iraq locale was polluted, putting soldiers at risk?

By SHARON COHEN AP National Writer
UNDATED - Larry Roberta's every breath is a painful reminder of his time in Iraq. He can't walk a block without gasping for air. His chest hurts, his migraines sometimes persist for days and he needs pills to help him sleep.

James Gentry came home with rashes, ear troubles and a shortness of breath. Later, things got much worse: He developed lung cancer, which spread to his spine, ribs and one of his thighs; he must often use a cane, and no longer rides his beloved Harley.

David Moore's postwar life turned into a harrowing medical mystery: nosebleeds and labored breathing that made it impossible to work, much less speak. His desperate search for answers ended last year when he died of lung disease at age 42.

What these three men - one sick, one dying, one dead - had in common is they were National Guard soldiers on the same stretch of wind-swept desert in Iraq during the early months of the war in 2003.

These soldiers and hundreds of other Guard members from Indiana, Oregon and West Virginia were protecting workers hired by a subsidiary of the giant contractor, KBR Inc., to rebuild an Iraqi water treatment plant. The area, as it turned out, was contaminated with hexavalent chromium, a potent, sometimes deadly chemical linked to cancer and other devastating diseases.
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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Marine battles over contaminated Lejeune water

As the editor of Wounded Times Blog, I've tracked a lot of stories that left me stunned. This is one of the biggest ones. When we take Marines, train them to attack the enemy, did they ever think the enemy would be among them? How dare the government expose them and their families to toxic water on top of everything else they have to go through? Topping of the exposure itself, they covered it up while the children were dying because of it!

There have been many betrayals the military has committed against the men and women serving this nation. It never seems to enter their minds that while they have men and women committed to the nation, the military should return that same sense of commitment to them as well.

While Agent Orange and Depleted Uranium can be passed off as war hazards, as appalling as that sounds, they were associated with weapons used against the enemy. Any service member exposed to these chemically based weapons was considered just a part of the risk in war. They had to fight to be compensated and treated for the illnesses created by these chemicals. In the beginning it did not dawn on them they would also be fighting for their own children because of these chemicals. As bad as all of this sounds, consider the risk being provided to them where they and their families lived.

When we count the numbers of war dead, honor them on Memorial Day, as we did last weekend, there were many families across the nation wondering when their military dead would ever receive such an honor. Would they ever be counted as paying the ultimate price for service to this nation when they died because of what this nation allowed to happen to them?

Last weekend I was in Washington DC with the Nam Knights and traveled to The Wall. While I stood near it, I thought of my friend Capt. Agnes "Irish" Bresnahan. In March of this year, she went to Washington for an appeal on her VA claim. She had Agent Orange related illnesses and PTSD, not because of being deployed to Vietnam, but because of being based at Fort McClellan . "Home to the US Army Military Police and US Army Chemical Schools (Chemical Defense Training Facility - CDTF)." Her name along with hundreds of thousands more, will not be engraved on The Wall, nor counted among the reported numbers in the accounting tally. Irish died in Washington DC when her heart gave out. She had a bleeding ulcer and lost a lot of blood. After the transfusion, her heart couldn't take any more fighting to stay alive, any more than her spirit could take fighting the government for her claim to finally be honored. Irish never stopped fighting for the veterans of this nation and the truth. This tiny fighter died in service to this nation but few will ever know her name.

Jerry Ensminger was trained as a Marine to battle the enemy to prevent them from killing other Marines. Little did he know at the time, Camp Lejeune was killing the Marines he had taken an oath to never leave behind. His daughter Janey was 9 years old when she died of leukemia. The Ensminger family was only one family out of a million Marines. Will anyone count Janey in any of the accounting of a price paid for serving this nation? Will any of the other children be counted from Camp Lejeune? Will any from the Vietnam War when Agent Orange came home embedded in the cells of the warriors?

Marine battles over contaminated Lejeune water
Published: Sun, May. 31, 2009 04:53AM

WHITE LAKE -- The U.S. Marine Corps taught Jerry Ensminger to be a tenacious fighter, a dogged investigator and an arresting public speaker.

"They created me," the retired master sergeant says. "And now I've turned this weapon on them."

Ensminger, a crew-cut career Marine now retired and living outside White Lake, is one of a handful of leaders in a nationwide fight to get the Corps to release information about contaminated drinking water that circulated through Camp Lejeune for decades before poisoned wells were closed in the mid-1980s.

He and others spend countless hours digging through records, presenting their findings to members of Congress and posting them on a Web site, The Few, the Proud, the Forgotten. They have kept the issue alive, they say, in hopes of getting help for people made sick by the water or who lost loved ones to illnesses caused by it.
Ensminger's daughter, Janey, died in 1985 of leukemia, which Ensminger believes she contracted from exposure to the water at Camp Lejeune. She was 9 years old.

In 1997, a federal agency that studied the contamination and its possible effects issued a report that said adults who drank, bathed in and cleaned with the tainted water faced almost no increased risk of cancer or other illness. This month, Ensminger and his cohorts claimed a victory when the agency retracted that report.
The federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry also acknowledged for the first time that the water contained benzene, a known carcinogen. And it is working on a modeling project expected to show that tainted water flowed to the spigots of many more people than the Marine Corps originally reported and for much longer.

By some estimates, 1 million people -- Marines and their dependents along with civilians who lived and worked on the base -- are thought to have been exposed to a stew of chemicals known or suspected to cause cancer, birth defects, neurological disorders and other illnesses.
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Marine battles over contaminated Lejeune water

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Camp Lejeune Marines get help online for toxic water exposures
Friday, June 20, 2008
Camp Lejeune and contaminated waterCamp Lejeune Water StudyJun 19, 2008June 18, 2008 - The Marine Corps is concerned about your health. We ENCOURAGE all former Marines, family members and civilian employees who resided or worked aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune between 1957 and 1987 to REGISTER with the Marine Corps for information regarding past water quality. is a huge number of people involved here!

Saturday, May 31, 2008
500,000 at Camp LeJeune may have been exposed to tainted water
MONEY DISPUTE THREATENS TOXIC TAP WATER STUDYMay 28, Associated Press – ( North Carolina )Money dispute threatens toxic tap water study. Continuation of a long-running government study on whether contaminated water harmed babies at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, hinges on a half-million-dollar payment that is due Sunday. The Marines estimate that 500,000 Camp LeJeune residents may have been exposed to the tainted water, including thousands of Vietnam-bound Marines. Federal health investigators estimate the number is higher.The U.S. health agency conducting the study, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, said its research would be jeopardized if the Navy does not pay $522,000 to keep the study going beyond Sunday.Health problems blamed on Camp LeJeune ’s contaminated water were the focus of reporting by the Associated Press in June 2007 and congressional oversight hearings.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Contract workers say KBR knew of exposure

Contract workers say KBR knew of exposure
The Associated Press
Posted : Sunday Feb 15, 2009 15:23:23 EST

HOUSTON — Ten contractors, hired by Houston-based KBR to make repairs at a Basra water plant during the Iraq war, and dozens of National Guardsmen say the company knowingly allowed them to be poisoned by cancer-causing chemicals.

The allegations from the workers, six of whom live in or near Houston, are documented in a federal arbitration complaint pending in Houston and a related federal lawsuit filed in December by the guardsmen in Indiana, the Houston Chronicle reported Sunday.

Most of the KBR contractors were sent to Iraq around April 2003 as part of Operation Restore Iraqi Oil, a no-bid U.S. contract. They were hired to make repairs at the water plant to keep Iraq’s oil fields operating during the war. Members of the U.S. Army National Guard, most from Indiana, escorted and guarded the workers.

KBR officials have acknowledged that a dangerous anti-corrosive chemical was stored and spilled at the Qarmat Ali water plant just outside Basra. Under Saddam Hussein’s regime, the chemical was used to keep pipes free of corrosion as river water from the plant was pumped to oil fields miles away.
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Friday, January 9, 2009

Were Troops Poisoned? Vets Demand KBR Come Clean on Toxins in Iraq

The answer is, yes, but no one seemed to care.

These are just some of the stories posted on this blog. This is not a new story but it is yet another horrible one.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

KBR blamed for exposing troops to cancer causing chemical
June 21, 2008, 3:20PMArk. man, others blame KBR for contaminants in IraqAssociated PressWASHINGTON — An Arkansas man who worked as a contractor in Iraq says he lost his job after warning workers they were being exposed to a cancer-causing chemical there.Ed Blacke, a former safety inspector for Houston-based contracting giant KBR, says his exposure to sodium dichromate in 2003 gave him chronic thyroid problems and early signs of cancer. He said supervisors initially ignored his warnings about contamination at the Qarmat Ali water injection plant near Basra, Iraq."In my mind, it was criminally negligent of (the company) to make a decision to continue to expose personnel to sodium dichromate poisoning," the Bella Vista, Ark., man told a congressional panel Friday.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Indiana National Guard possible exposure and KBR
Army investigating possible chemical exposureBy Maureen Groppe - Gannett News ServicePosted : Tuesday Sep 23, 2008 18:09:28 EDTWASHINGTON — The Army will complete an investigation within 60 days into whether Indiana National Guardsmen and other soldiers providing protection at a water pumping plant in Iraq in 2003 were exposed to a deadly chemical.Army Secretary Pete Geren said in a letter to Indiana Sen. Evan Bayh that the “senior level” review will look at the Army’s procedures for handling hazardous exposure, the actions taken to follow up with those who may have been exposed and whether the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers properly oversaw contract work by Kellogg, Brown and Root Services.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Sixteen Indiana National Guard soldiers sue over chemical exposure in Iraq
Ind. soldiers sue over chemical exposure in Iraq
The Associated Press
By CHARLES WILSON – 20 hours agoINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Sixteen Indiana National Guard soldiers sued the big defense contractor KBR Inc. on Wednesday, saying its employees knowingly allowed them to be exposed to a toxic chemical in Iraq five years ago.The federal suit filed in U.S. District Court alleges the soldiers from a Tell City-based unit were exposed to a carcinogen while protecting an Iraqi water pumping plant shortly after the U.S. invasion in 2003.The 23-page complaint claims that Houston-based KBR knew at least as early as May 2003 that the plant was contaminated with sodium dichromate, a known carcinogen, but concealed the danger from civilian workers and 139 soldiers from the Indiana Guard's 1st Battalion, 152nd Infantry.

But this is not just some sad story about accidental chemical exposure. This is a question of responsibility. CBS News has uncovered evidence that KBR may have known about the contamination at the power plant months before it took any action to inform the troops stationed there.
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This story was covered even longer. The following are from my older blog.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Be honest. Who are you really supporting? The Troops or Bush?

In 2003 who were you really supporting? Bush? Halliburton? The Troops?Then why did you support this going on?

Troops' health woes run gamut from 'Saddam's revenge' to severe stressBy Marni McEntee, Stars and StripesEuropean edition, Wednesday, October 29, 2003BAGHDAD, Iraq — In Iraq’s harsh environment, even soldiers safe inside their base camp face dangers.
Between combat casualties and accident victims in Iraq, medical personnel are also busy fighting microscopic enemies that can lay a troop near as low as a gunshot wound.With ailments ranging from “Saddam’s revenge” stomach bugs to infections caused by bad hygiene, hundreds of soldiers are lining up at sick call instead of patrolling front lines.
Some maladies are caused by a witch’s brew of dust, heat, exotic bacteria and vermin. Others stem from poor sanitation and close living quarters, said Capt. Jolene Lea, a community health nurse at the 28th Combat Support Hospital in Baghdad.Still others are related to the stress of seeing a friend killed in battle or hearing bad news from home, Lea said. Those can manifest themselves into mental health problems and, sometimes, suicide.
The most serious illness and injury cases are evacuated from Iraq to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. As of last week, Landstuhl doctors have treated 7,381 from Operation Iraqi Freedom, hospital spokeswoman Marie Shaw said. Only 10 percent of those casualties were from battle injuries, she said.
The problems have some troops at bases from Basra in the south to Mosul in the north afraid that living and working in Iraq may be bad for their health.“I am very worried about the long-term health effects of this environment,” Sgt. Brian Rau of the 372nd Military Police Co., in Hillah, wrote on a Stars and Stripes survey form. Stripes reporters surveyed nearly 2,000 troops throughout the country in August.“The food is bad and not reliable, so we eat on the local market every day,” Rau wrote. “There is standing sewage outside our building. And the cans we use for toilets are prefilled with diesel fuel so we sit on top of those fumes daily.”go here to see where your tax dollars went

Iraq Where Your Money Went

Or when it was reported in 2006?
April 7, 2006, 11:59PM
Doctor alleges water linked to infections
Halliburton contends it met Army standardsBy DAVID IVANOVICHCopyright 2006 Houston Chronicle Washington BureauWASHINGTON - A U.S. Army doctor serving in Iraq has linked a small outbreak of bacterial infections among U.S. troops to allegedly contaminated water supplied by Houston-based Halliburton Co.
In the latest broadside against Halliburton and its performance in Iraq, Senate Democrats produced an e-mail Friday from Capt. A. Michelle Callahan, a family physician serving at Qayyarah Airfield West, recounting how she treated six infections over a two-week period in January, at the same time she was noticing the water in base showers was cloudy and foul-smelling.
Follow-up testing of the water soldiers were using to bathe, shave and even brush their teeth revealed evidence of coliform and E. coli bacteria, Callahan wrote in an e-mail to a staffer for the Democratic Policy Committee, led by Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D.

Memo: Halliburton failed to purify GIs’ waterInternal report says contamination could've caused 'mass sickness or death'Updated: 6:28 a.m. ET March 16, 2006WASHINGTON - Halliburton Co. failed to protect the water supply it is paid to purify for U.S. soldiers throughout Iraq, in one instance missing contamination that could have caused “mass sickness or death,” an internal company report concluded.The report, obtained by The Associated Press, said the company failed to assemble and use its own water purification equipment, allowing contaminated water directly from the Euphrates River to be used for washing and laundry at Camp Ar Ramadi in Ramadi, Iraq.The problems discovered last year at that site — poor training, miscommunication and lax record keeping — occurred at Halliburton’s other operations throughout Iraq, the report said.“Countrywide, all camps suffer to some extent from all or some of the deficiencies noted,” Wil Granger, Theatre Water Quality Manager in the war zone for Halliburton’s KBR subsidiary, wrote in his May 2005 report.AP reported earlier this year allegations from whistleblowers about the Camp Ar Ramadi incident, but Halliburton never made public Granger’s internal report alleging wider problems.The water quality expert warned Halliburton the problems “will have to be dealt with at a very elevated level of management” to protect health and safety of U.S. personnel.

Friday, October 12, 2007

But the Democrats in Congress were trying to find out what was going on. This came out but not very many people paid attention to it.

While the Democratic Policy Committee was trying to focus on all of this Twenty Iraq Oversight Outrages Uncovered by the DPCRepublicans in Congress Refuse to Demand Accountability in Iraq;Billions of Dollars Wasted, Our Mission UnderminedOver the last three years, Senate Democratic Policy Committee (DPC) hearings have uncovered massive waste, fraud, and abuse relating to government contractors operating in Iraq. This report presents twenty of the worst oversight outrages, as documented in testimony and evidence presented at DPC hearings:
1) Halliburton billed taxpayers $1.4 billion in questionable and undocumented charges under its contract to supply troops in Iraq, as documented by the Pentagon’s own auditors. More…
2) Parsons billed taxpayers over $200 million under a contract to build 142 health clinics, yet completed fewer than 20. According to Iraqi officials, the rest were “imaginary clinics.” More…
3) Custer Battles stole forklifts from Iraq’s national airline, repainted them, then leased the forklifts back to the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) through a Cayman Islands shell company — charging an extra fee along the way. More…
4) Halliburton allowed our troops in Iraq to shower, bathe, and sometimes brush their teeth with water that tested positive for e. coli and coliform bacteria. One expert has said that the troops would have been better off using the highly polluted Euphrates River. Halliburton has admitted that it lacked “an organizational structure to ensure that water was being treated in accordance with Army standards and its contractual requirements.” More…
5) Halliburton served the troops food that had spoiled or passed its expiration date. Halliburton managers ordered employees to remove bullets from food in trucks that had come under attack, then saved the bullets as souvenirs while giving the food to unwitting soldiers and Marines. More…
6) Halliburton charged taxpayers for services that it never provided and tens of thousands of meals that it never served. More…
7) Halliburton double-charged taxpayers for $617,000 worth of soda. More…
8) Halliburton tripled the cost of hand towels, at taxpayer expense, by insisting on having its own embroidered logo on each towel. More…
9) Halliburton employees burned new trucks on the side of the road because they didn’t have the right wrench to change a tire — and knew that the trucks could be replaced on a profitable “cost-plus” basis, at taxpayer expense. More…10) Halliburton employees dumped 50,000 pounds of nails in the desert because they ordered the wrong size, all at taxpayer expense. More…
11) Halliburton employees threw themselves a lavish Super Bowl Party, but passed the cost on to taxpayers by claiming they had purchased supplies for the troops. More…12) Halliburton chose a subcontractor to build an ice factory in the desert even though its bid was 800 percent higher than an equally qualified bidder. More…
13) Halliburton actively discouraged cooperation with U.S. government auditors, sent one whistleblower into a combat zone to keep him away from auditors, and put another whistleblower under armed guard before kicking her out of the country. More…
14) Halliburton sent unarmed truck drivers into a known combat zone without warning them of the danger, resulting in the deaths of six truck drivers and two soldiers. Halliburton then offered to nominate the surviving truck drivers for a Defense Department medal — provided they sign a medical records release that doubled as a waiver of any right to seek legal recourse against the company. More…15) Halliburton’s no-bid contract to rebuild Iraq’s oil infrastructure was the worst case of contract abuse that the top civilian at the Army Corps of Engineers had ever seen. She was demoted after speaking out. More…
16) Under its no-bid contract to rebuild Iraq’s oil infrastructure contract, Halliburton overcharged by over 600 percent for the delivery of fuel from Kuwait. More…
17) Halliburton failed to complete required work under its oil infrastructure work, leaving distribution points unusable. More…
18) Iraq under the CPA was like the “Wild West,” with few limits and controls over how inexperienced officials spent — and wasted — millions of taxpayer dollars. More…19) Cronies at the CPA’s health office lacked experience, ignored the advice of international health professionals, failed to restore Iraq’s health systems, and wasted millions of taxpayer dollars. The political appointee who ran the office had never worked overseas and had no international public health experience. More…20) Administration officials promoted construction of a “boondoggle” children’s hospital in Basra, which ended up more than a year behind schedule and at least 100 percent over budget. More…Maybe Bush could have a truthful moment and instead of saying support the troops in Iraq he will instead say, America needs to support the contractors in Iraq, because that is what it all boils down to.

Did Your Soldier Come Home Sick From Iraq?
Halliburton provided contaminated water to Soldiers
On September 3rd 2007 (Labor Day), President George W. Bush, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and a Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Peter Pace visited Al Asad and spent Labor Day with the Servicemembers deployed to the base.
Al Asad Airbase is the focus of the video I just added to this blog. It wasn't such a big secret considering it has been played across the country to the "liberals" who cared enough to see it. Ben Carter, worked for KBR/Halliburton as a water purification specialist.In the video, he talks about the fact the water at Al-Asad was contaminated. Chlorine was not found in the water supply that was supposed to be added to it. We've heard horrible stories about cholera outbreaks in Iraq, along with super bugs, as water is not fit to drink or bathe in. Yet our government contracted with companies and then provided no oversight to make sure the troops were provided with everything they were paying for.If your soldier came home ill, or passed away because of an illness, you need to know what caused it. Too many do not know about this.Then again, this isn't the only time something like this has happened and by all signs, it won't be the last.N.C. Marine Camp's Water Under ScrutinyPast Contaminated Water at Marine's Camp Lejeune Suspected in Death and IllnessThousands of Marines and their families went to serve their country at North Carolina's Camp Lejeune.The Associated Press By RITA BEAMISH Associated Press WriterATLANTA Jun 11, 2007 (AP)
Instead, many wound up fighting it, blaming the government for failing to protect them from an enemy that invaded their lives in a most intimate way: through the water that quenched their thirst, cooked their food and filled their bathtubs every day.
The gruff ex-drill instructor is angry leukemia claimed his daughter, Janey. Parents were guilt-ridden that perhaps their own actions had ruined their daughters' health. An aging major still mourns the wife who shared his torment over their baby's fatal birth defects. A former Navy doctor's career was demolished by his rare cancer.Each used the water that poured from kitchen faucets and bathroom showers at Camp Lejeune, an environmental tragedy realized a generation ago that is drawing new scrutiny from members of Congress outraged over the government's treatment of sick veterans at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and elsewhere.U.S. health officials here in Atlanta hope to finish a long-awaited study by year's end to examine whether the water tainted with solvents affected the health of children. It will influence the Pentagon's response to at least 850 pending legal claims by people who lived at the Marine base, officials said.
The former residents, who together seek nearly $4 billion, believe their families were afflicted by water containing industrial solvents before the Marines shut off the bad wells in the mid-1980s.

At least 120,000 people lived in family housing that may have been affected over three decades, plus uncounted civilian workers and Marines in barracks, Marine Corps figures indicate. Defense officials recently told U.S. health investigators that between 1975 and 1985 alone, nearly 200,000 Marines were stationed at Camp Lejeune.About 56,000 Marines, family members and civilians now live or work at Camp Lejeune, the sprawling training and deployment base on the Atlantic seaboard. Its water meets current federal standards.go here for the rest of this
Watch the video and then think about health problems that don't seem right. Then wonder what else they are not telling you.
I'll leave the link to the video up for about a week. After that you can view it at

But it's not just a problem in Iraq.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Camp Lejeune and contaminated water
Camp Lejeune Water StudyJun 19, 2008
June 18, 2008 - The Marine Corps is concerned about your health. We ENCOURAGE all former Marines, family members and civilian employees who resided or worked aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune between 1957 and 1987 to REGISTER with the Marine Corps for information regarding past water quality.
This is a huge number of people involved here!

Saturday, May 31, 2008

500,000 at Camp LeJeune may have been exposed to tainted water

May 28, Associated Press – ( North Carolina )Money dispute threatens toxic tap water study. Continuation of a long-running government study on whether contaminated water harmed babies at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, hinges on a half-million-dollar payment that is due Sunday. The Marines estimate that 500,000 Camp LeJeune residents may have been exposed to the tainted water, including thousands of Vietnam-bound Marines. Federal health investigators estimate the number is higher.The U.S. health agency conducting the study, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, said its research would be jeopardized if the Navy does not pay $522,000 to keep the study going beyond Sunday.Health problems blamed on Camp LeJeune ’s contaminated water were the focus of reporting by the Associated Press in June 2007 and congressional oversight hearings.

This is from Paul Rieckhoff. Maybe he should read this blog from time to time and then he'd know how bad it's been and for how long they knew it was.
Were Troops Poisoned? Vets Demand KBR Come Clean on Toxins in Iraq
James Gentry served his country honorably as a battalion commander in Iraq. Now, he is dying of a rare form of lung cancer. And he's not the only one. A troubling number of troops in Gentry's Indiana National Guard unit have bloody noses, tumors and rashes. And tragically, one soldier has already died.

New reports suggest these injuries may be the result of exposure to toxins at a KBR-run power plant in Southern Iraq. In 2003, James and his men were responsible for guarding that plant, and protecting KBR's employees. The soldiers were stationed there for months before being informed that the site was contaminated with a chemical known as hexavalent chromium.

Hexavalent chromium is a deadly carcinogen. It's the same toxin that Erin Brockovich became famous for campaigning against. James believes that it was the inhalation of this chemical that caused his cancer, and the other rare illnesses among the Guardsmen who served at the plant.

So Paul, the answer is yes, they knew and didn't care.