2005 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 27 Feb 2005 02:21:39 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Kelly Air Force B ase neighbors
Purple crosses mark health worries

Nicole Foy
San Antonio Express-News (TX)
February 26, 2005

Standing in her back yard overlooking the area once known as Kelly AFB, Virginia Castillo inhaled deeply.

"Can you smell it?" asked Castillo, shoving her hands in the pockets of her plaid housedress. "It's always here. It gets on your clothes if you stay outside for too long."

Castillo says a faint chemical smell has lingered around her one-story house in North Kelly Gardens for the 30 years she's lived there. Because of it, she doesn't hang clean clothes out to dry and she doesn't like her grandchildren to play outside too often.

Most of all, she wonders whether pollution from the former base or from the vast plume of contaminated groundwater that sits under her house are to blame for her health problems, which have included muscular problems and a benign glandular tumor.

So when a neighborhood activist asked if she'd display a purple wooden cross in her front yard to symbolize concerns over a possible link between her health problems and the former base's pollution, Castillo readily agreed.

"It think it's a good thing and that we should be vocal about all this," she said. "It's not something that's going away. There are still a lot of people who are worried."


For the entire article, see http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/medical/stories/MYSA022605.1B.purple_crosses.e4491d1f.html

Lenny Siegel
Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
c/o PSC, 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545
Fax: 650/961-8918

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