Thursday, February 18, 2010
Soldiers trained at Gagetown may have been exposed to Agent Orange
The Use of Herbicides at CFB Gagetown from 1952 to Present Day
For three days in June 1966 and four days in June 1967, Agent Orange, Agent Purple and other unregistered herbicides were tested at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Gagetown in cooperation with the U.S. military to evaluate their effectiveness. These are the only known instances that these military test chemicals were used at CFB Gagetown. Agent Orange, Agent Purple and other unregistered herbicides are not used at the base today. The base uses only federally regulated herbicides for brush control during its annual vegetation management program.
CFB Gagetown & Agents Orange/Purple
Information Paper as of 28JUN05
The Canadian Department of National Defense (DND) announced that for three days in June 1966 (14-16) and four days in June 1967 (21-24), small-scale testing of various defoliants and desiccants, including Agent Orange and Agent Purple, took place over a small portion of the Canadian Forces Base (CFB), Gagetown, New Brunswick.
Based on current information, Canadian officials stated that the U.S. supplied only two barrels of the Agent Orange and Agent Purple defoliants for testing purposes. The testing did not involve wide-spread spraying. Controlled testing occurred under strict conditions, ensuring minimal drift, in an area difficult to access. The testing area was comprised of two small areas covering approximately 83 acres of the 180,000 plus acres of CFB Gagetown.
Canadian Forces Base Gagetown, referred to as CFB Gagetown is a large Canadian Forces Base located in southwestern New Brunswick.