I became “the water boy” on February 28th 2016 while a founding member of the Warminster Township Environmental Advisory Council. We are the only municipally appointed body in Pennsylvania addressing (among other things) the pollution from PFC’s in firefighting foam. Warminster Township is home to the Naval Air Warfare Development Center (Johnsville), home to one of the most tainted wells in America. Warminster Township’s water had the third highest level of PFOS’s and PFOS’s in the country. (Ref: Poisoning the Well by Sharon Lerner in The Intercept). We had been unknowingly drinking poisoned water for at least 3 decades. Fox News calls our area “The Flint of Foam”.
Our EAC had the responsibility for the 32,000 residents of Warminster. In all, over 70,000 current residents have been exposed. The total, including military personnel, who have cycled through this area in the last 30 years could exceed a quarter million.
My father-in-law worked at Johnsville after serving heroically in North Africa in WW2. He died of gastric lymphoma in 1986 after 20 years at Johnsville. I have bladder cancer and my wife almost died on March 2 last year from probable endocrine disruption. She is currently disabled, has not fully recovered and will likely not.
I’ve had suspicions about the EPA due to their inconsistent behavior. Among what I found was the following:
“EPA does not use science to guide
regulatory policy as much as it uses regulatory policy to steer the science.
This is an old problem at EPA. In 1992, a blue-ribbon panel of EPA science
advisers that [sic] 'science should not be adjusted to fit policy.' But rather
than heed this advice, EPA has greatly increased its science manipulation.” Jonathan
Swan Mike Allen
The following makes interesting reading and we’ve had co-author Richard Clapp in Warminster at an educational event we held here last year. Erin Brockovich also made a brief appearance here and attracted quite a crowd (1000+) at a school not far from JRB Willow Grove (in Horsham PA). The base at the old NASWG is also highly polluted. and still partly in use by the Air National Guard, reported to be a drone control center for Middle Easter Operations.
Insights Into Health Risks
Philippe Grandjean1 and Richard Clapp2 Harvard University Chan School of Public Health
NEW SOLUTIONS: A Journal of
Environmental and Occupational
2015, Vol. 25(2) 147–163
! The Author(s) 2015
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I hope this has been helpful. It is my opinion that the Navy, EPA, and the Federal Government is trying to minimize their costs. Proper remediation at the national level could exceed $1T. As they say at jump school, we are the “wind dummies”.
Larry Menkes: cSBA
Sustainable Transitions US
Relocalization & Transition Strategies
Founder & CEO: Bucks County Veterans Green Jobs Initiative
Warminster Township Environmental Advisory Council (Co-Founder)
Member: Post Carbon Institute
Member: Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas (ASPO)
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R. Buckminster Fuller
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M. King Hubbert
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