2013 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Thu, 8 Aug 2013 11:35:20 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] HEALTH: Blog on Ft. McClellan (AL)
[I didn't fact-check this entire blog, but the assertion in the first paragraph in incorrect. Ft. McClellan was closed under the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process, not by EPA. The blog does provide some important background on the proposed Ft. McClellan Health Registry Act. - LS]

Toxic Vets - The Poisonous Legacy of Ft. McClellan

By Denise Williams,
Chicago Now
August 7, 2013

Ft. McClellan Alabama no longer exists as an Army base, at least not officially. In 1999, the Environmental Protection Agency shut down the base, labeling it a hazardous site. The area is so toxic that it is illegal to sink a well in the surrounding communities.

Even though the base no longer houses military personnel, portions of the site are still used as a training facility and as a depot. The training conducted there is by various entities, including local, state and federal agencies. I wonder if they issue warnings about the site before candidates or employees are sent there, or if they, like the tens of thousands of veterans who once called Ft. McClellan home, get to find out about the contamination through word of mouth.


For the past three years, there has been a bill in one form or another called the "Ft. McClellan Health Registry Act" (current incarnation is HR411) sitting in the Health Subcommittee of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. Basically, this bill calls for the VA to grant what is known as 'presumptive status' for those who are seeking treatment and served at Ft. McClellan.


For the entire blog, see
http://www.chicagonow.com/uncommon-sense/2013/08/toxic-vets-ft- mcclellan-08072013/


Lenny Siegel
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