2007 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: 15 Jun 2007 20:34:27 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] "Tainted" bases
[This article, as well as the study upon which it is based, enormously undercounts the problem of GROUNDWATER contamination at U.S. military bases. Literally hundreds of current and former bases have TCE, PCE, and other volatile organic groundwater contamination.

What amazes me is that no one has compiled a list of bases where contaminated drinking water and/or vapor intrusion has impacted military personnel and/or their families. - LS]

Lawmakers: 13 Air Force bases had tainted water

By Kimberly Johnson
Air Force Times
June 15, 2007

Congressional lawmakers who examined extensive drinking water contamination from the 1960s through the 1980s at Camp Lejeune, N.C., now say the problem extends, in varying degrees, to 22 other bases — more than half of them current or former Air Force installations.

In 1980, military officials at Lejeune discovered the presence of trichloroethylene, a volatile organic compound used by the military and civilian businesses, such as dry cleaners, said Rep. Bart Stupak, D-Mich., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce oversight and investigations subcommittee. As a result, 10 wells at the base were eventually shut down by 1987 after their TCE contamination was found to be a staggering 1,400 parts per billion, well above the government maximum level of 5 ppb.


For the entire article, see


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