|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Mon, 1 Feb 2010 08:24:23 -0800 (PST)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] GLOBAL: U.S. military pollution in Philippines|
Decades later, U.S. military pollution in Philippines linked to deaths By Travis J. Tritten Stars and Stripes Pacific edition February 2, 2010CLARK AIR BASE, Philippines - The U. S. military is long gone from bases in the Philippines, but its legacy remains buried here.
Toxic waste was spilled on the ground, pumped into waterways and buried in landfills for decades at two sprawling Cold War-era bases.
Today, ice cream shops, Western-style horse ranches, hotels and public parks have sprung up on land once used by the Air Force and the Navy - a benign facade built on land the Philippine government said is still polluted with asbestos, heavy metals and fuel.
Records of about 500 families who sought refuge on the deserted bases after a 1991 volcanic eruption indicate 76 people died and 68 others were sickened by pollutants on the bases. A study in 2000 for the Philippine Senate also linked the toxins to "unusually high occurrence of skin disease, miscarriages, still births, birth defects, cancers, heart ailments and leukemia."
... For the entire article, see http://www.stripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=67676 -- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/military-cpeo.org
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