2012 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2012 22:42:10 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] COMMUNITIES: Air Force proposes to shutter Kelly AFB (TX) Restoration Advisory Board
Air Force moves to shutter community board overseeing toxic pollution at Kelly AFB

By Michael Barajas
San Antonio Current (TX)
April 18, 2012

Robert Alvarado is a decades-long veteran of life in the so-called Toxic Triangle, the small fence-line community that bumps up against the now-shuttered Kelly Air Force Base. At 70, Alvarado struggles with kidney problems and is nearly blind from an aneurysm. Both his wife and daughter are fighting off thyroid cancer, while a cousin, once a worker at the base, lost his battle with liver cancer six years ago.

"Our fight for justice here is far from over," repeats Alvarado, one of many past and present community members who continue to blame the neighborhood's health woes, at least in part, on the dumping of industrial solvents and other toxic chemicals in and around Kelly decades ago.

However, U.S. Air Force officials contend we're now "in the home stretch" in scrubbing Kelly's toxic past clean. Plans to dissolve an advisory board made of up regulatory officials and community members by the end of 2012 were floated at last week's gathering of the Restoration Advisory Board by Air Force Real Property Agency spokeswoman Linda Geissinger. Numerous community members and several scientists who have investigated the site say such an action would be premature.


For the entire article, see
http://sacurrent.com/news/air-force-moves-to-shutter-community-board- overseeing-toxic-pollution-at-kelly-afb-1.1301450


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
278-A Hope Street, Mountain View, CA 94041
Voice: 650-961-8918 or 650-969-1545
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