2005 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 23 Mar 2005 05:03:33 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Kelly Air Force Base (TX) health study
[I visited Kelly Air Force Base a couple of years ago, and I understand that most of its neighbors don't get their water from the contaminated upper aquifer. As far as I know, however, there has been no sampling for vapor intrusion - a much more likely pathway from the shallow aquifer into the community. The Air Force has looked for, and found, vapor intrusion at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, a similar installation to Kelly. Why hasn't it sampled the air around Kelly? - LS]

Kelly study points to need for another study

Anton Caputo San Antonio Express-News (TX) March 22, 2005

New studies by state health officials show higher-than-expected rates of liver cancer and certain birth defects in neighborhoods around the old Kelly AFB.

The reports bolster findings in previous federal studies, along with the arguments of those who link the health problems to contamination from the defunct military base.

But state health experts explicitly said no such link has been found.

"A cancer cluster investigation is just documenting where there is a greater-than-expected number of cases," said Brenda Mokry, epidemiologist with the Texas Cancer Registry.

"We did find that there is nothing linking these specific cases and deaths to any environmental causes. These are two independent events, and we have not done the study that we would need to."


For the entire article, see

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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