2003 CPEO Military List Archive

From: christinebettencourt@earthlink.net
Date: 4 Feb 2003 15:15:11 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: Re: [CPEO-MEF] PRESS RELEASE: Physician Warns Burning Buildingsis Health Risk
In Response to Safe Water Around Badger's Concern about burning
contaminated buildings in the name of 'Clean Up' I have this to say; In
1996, I collapsed with my newborn in my arms.  I thought I was going to
die and immediately started praying for God to let me live to raise her.
Then she began screaming, her head turned purple, her swollen, blue
veins stuck out as though they would pop.  I knew something was in the
air, I grabbed my keys and ran to my car heading for the hospital.  I
knew they
would be unprepared so instead I drove an hour down the coast to a

I returned that evening to learn that the Army contractor at Fort Ord
had generously donated their contaminated buildings to the local fire
agencies for 'training.'  I was told some were barracks with lead based
paint, abstestos and treated with arsenic trichloride.  I contacted the
Army and they promised to warn me before they did it again.  I would
evacuate and ponder and ache in my heart for those who were sick and had
the rare cancers in my neighborhood and decided to try to stop hazardous
waste burnings altogether and this is what I did;

1.  First, I went to the Air District and was told there was nothing
they could do.
2.  I wrote all my elected officials and was ignored.
3. I wrote a letter to the editor which was rejected because they said I
wasn't nice enough to the Army because they were masquerading as good
Samaritans when they were really illegally disposing of hazardous wastes
at the expense of our children's brains.
4.  I rewrote a nicer letter that printed the Air Districts phone
number, who when called referred everyone to the Presidio of Monterey.

This is what happened next;
1.  The Army's newspaper man put in a full page article with a picture
of a burning building complete with firemen hosing it down.  The article
explained these burns were necessary to save our lives.  (Kinda like
burning Fort Ord's thirty square mile munitions landfill of chemical
mutagens to save our lives in case we trespass or pick one up.)
2.   Firemen I contacted to educate yelled at me for costing people
their lives due to lack of training, even though a Fire Chief told me a
total burn down was not necessary because they just needed room for
smoke simulation and the burn down was
the favor for getting the building.
3.  The phone rang off the hook at the Presidio and the burns were
4.  A moral man on the inside called laughing saying BRAC was really
pissed off at me because it cost them $350, 000 to knock the buildings
down and put them in the leaky onsite general landfill .

I thought who is BRAC, what is going on, I had no idea and when I
figured it out.  I moved, unfortunately downwind and have been stuck
eversince fighting the impact area burning, which they say doesn't count
for burning hazardous wastes because it's not their 'intent.'  Their
intent they say is to burn only the vegetation to look for ordnance.

Good luck Laura and the rest of you and thank God your ready for them.
The less they have to spend money on and the more they get to do studies
the more they get to keep.

Christine Bettencourt
PO Box 1852, Greenfield, CA 93927

----- Original Message -----
From: <info@cswab.com>
To: cpeo-military <cpeo-military@igc.topica.com>
Sent: Monday, February 03, 2003 1:53 PM
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] PRESS RELEASE: Physician Warns Burning Buildings is
Health Risk

Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger
E12629 Weigand's Bay South - Merrimac, WI  53561
Phone (608) 643-3124 - Fax (608) 643-0005
Email: info@cswab.com - Website: www.cswab.com

February 3, 2003

For Immediate Release

For more information contact:
Laura Olah, CSWAB (608)643-3124
Dr. Christine Ziebold (Email: c_ziebold@yahoo.com)

Physician Warns Burning Buildings is Health Risk

Proposed open burning of explosive-contaminated buildings will place
human health and the environment at risk, according to a statement
released today by Christine Ziebold, MD, PhD.  Ziebold has a doctorate

in Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases and currently serves
the Restoration Advisory Board for Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant.
"The proposed open burning of contaminated buildings at Badger Army
Ammunition Plant, which produced nitrocellulose and
propellants in the past, will place human health and the environment
risk," Ziebold said.  "Therefore, open burning cannot be called
decontamination in the proper sense."
Ziebold is particularly concerned about how the Army's proposal to
as many as 100 buildings could affect "sensitive receptors" such as
children and chronically ill individuals.  "Open burning will
increase suffering for children, elderly, and all people with
respiratory problems."
"Children have narrower airways than adults.  Thus, irritation or
inflammation caused by air pollution that would produce only a slight
response in an adult can result in a potentially significant
of the airway in a young child," Ziebold added.  "Air pollution is
to exacerbate asthma and be a trigger for asthma attacks in infants
The pollutants of greatest concern created with open burning are
particulate matter and what has been termed "air toxics" (toxic
substances released to the air).  The so called "criteria pollutants"
are nitrogen dioxide, a brown colored gas emitted from combustion
"It is an ozone precursor, and can cause health problems by itself in
sensitive people.  It can also convert to acid rain or to a fine
particulate, contributing to PM10 levels," she said.  PM10 is made up
fine particles of dust, soot, ash, smoke, metals, and fumes suspended
air.  PM10 is so small that it gets by the human body's natural
filtration systems and lodges in the deepest, most sensitive areas of
the lungs.  PM10 often includes toxic components that are absorbed by
the body through the lungs and skin.
Residues of the propellants manufactured at Badger are contaminants of

concern including carbon tetrachloride, trichloroethylene,
1,1,1-trichloroethane, chloroform, 2,4- and 2,6-dinitrotoluene and
benzene.  "Dinitrotoluene and polyaromatic hydrocarbons are
semi-volatiles, but will become volatilized when burnt," Ziebold said.

Lead vapors and lead particulates are predicted emissions, according
Plexus Scientific, a contractor working for the Army.  "The
neurodevelopmental, hematological and endocrinological toxicity of
is undisputed," Ziebold warned.
 "Forty-one years of open burning waste propellants and waste process
chemicals at Badger's Propellant Burning Ground are enough," Ziebold


NOTE: Dr. Ziebold's complete statement is attached.

Laura Olah, Executive Director
Citizens for Save Water Around Badger
E12629 Weigands Bay S
Merrimac, WI 53561
phone: (608)643-3124
fax: (608)643-0005
email: info@cswab.com
website: http://www.cswab.com <http://www.cswab.com/>

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