2010 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Fri, 13 Aug 2010 08:48:41 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] HERBICIDES, HEALTH: Agent Orange at Ft. Detrick
Use of Agent Orange is well-documented

By Megan Eckstein
Frederick News-Post (MD)
August 13, 2010

Long before Fort Detrick hired a contractor to investigate its past use of Agent Orange on post, the fact that the Army did test the herbicide in Frederick was common knowledge.

The Frederick News-Post archives, government documents and Fort Detrick's website all chronicle the Army post's Vietnam-era testing of Agent Orange, a defoliant that has since been proven to cause cancers, Parkinson's disease, skin conditions and more.

An April 8, 1967, news article by The Associated Press states that "research headquarters for the U.S. (chemical and biological warfare) program is Ft. Detrick É it has a 1967 budget estimated at $38 million."

"In one distant corner of the base lies the crop division with its four large greenhouses where research is done on the defoliants and herbicides now used in Vietnam," the article continues.


For the entire article, see

See also
for Thursday's community meetinh.

And the editorial at http://www.fredericknewspost.com/sections/opinion/display_editorial.htm?StoryID=108508

The editorial concludes:

"Did Agent Orange used at Detrick make some of those living nearby sick, some unto death? The bare truth is called for here. Nothing less will do -- whatever that truth is and whatever its consequences."


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
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