2009 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Wed, 29 Apr 2009 15:52:41 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] VOCs, HEALTH: Kelly Air Force Base (TX) and the "Toxic Triangle"
Crime Scene Cleanup
As evidence in the Toxic Triangle whodunit disappears, so does the possibility of justice for its victims

by Greg M. Schwartz
San Antonio Current
April 29, 2009

It's been more than two decades since plumes of toxic chemicals were discovered seeping from the former Kelly Air Force Base into the soil and groundwater under the surrounding neighborhoods. More than 20,000 homes sit above these plumes in an area residents have come to call the "Toxic Triangle" because of higher than normal rates of cancer and birth defects.

Residents of the Toxic Triangle who have watched neighbors and family members sicken and die believe those chemicals - primarily trichloroethylene (TCE), a degreasing agent, and tetrachloroethylene (PCE), a paint stripper and dry-cleaning chemical - are the cause of the area's high incidences of liver, kidney, and other cancers. The official studies have been inconclusive, but two recent developments have led area residents to believe their suspicions were warranted all along.


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Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
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