Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Chemical found in Fort Jackson groundwater

http://www.thestate.com/2013/11/14/3098283/chemical-found-in-fort-jackson.html
— Traces of a caustic pollutant associated with military ammunition have turned up in groundwater at the edge of Fort Jackson, and base officials plan to test private wells nearby to see whether they are contaminated.

The base’s public announcement Thursday of the groundwater pollution sparked questions about when well owners were notified of the potential threat to an area where some residents still rely on wells for drinking water.
Base officials said they found traces of the pollutant in “recent’’ tests at the fort’s southern boundary and the McCrady Training Center, but the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control released a letter saying the military may have known about the contamination for more than a year before telling the agency.
The material, known as Royal Demolition Explosive, or RDX, is a man-made compound that can cause seizures in people who swallow substantial quantities, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It has been tied to cancer in laboratory animals and is considered a possible human carcinogen.
In an Oct. 25 letter to Fort Jackson’s public works department, DHEC director Catherine Templeton said the department should have been told of the contamination soon after the military learned about it in the summer of 2012. Last month’s letter told the fort to begin testing any wells downhill from the contaminated area.
“It is our belief that you have known about this exceedance since July 2012 and failed to notify the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) of the potential area of concern within 15 days required by your (hazardous materials) permit,’’ Templeton’s letter said.
Templeton said her agency planned to meet with the Department of the Army to discuss a long-term plan to address the RDX pollution and “other issues discovered today.’’ Details of the scheduled meeting were not available.
An attempt to reach Fort Jackson spokesman Patrick Jones was unsuccessful Thursday afternoon, but base officials said in a news release that the amounts found in groundwater were below health advisory levels established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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3 comments:

  1. Hum Station here and Ft Mc Clellan but my brain cancer has nothing to do witheithe of these Fts

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  2. AGENT ORANGE: PER MY HISTORY AND SEE BELOW ANOTHER SAID HE WAS MOVING BARRELS OF IT AT FT JACKSON THAT WERE LEAKING.

    WE WERE EXPOSED AS AN EXPERIMENT IF YOU ASK ME, THOSE INVOLVED WITH AGENT ORANGE TESTING PLEASE COME FORWARD:

    NO DOUBT IN MY MIND GROUND WATER CONTAMINATION IS FROM AGENT ORANGE: 12/64 to 5/65 at Ft. Jackson for Basic and Advanced Infantry Training. While it did not happened to my companies, we were told that at times there were planes flying over and dropping stuff on the troops in the field/woods. While I WAS IN THE WOODED AREA, POWDERING STUFF ALL OVER THE GROUND THORUGHOUT THE WOODED AREAS FO THE FORT, FOR several days, living there in pup tents, got Pneumonia, they took me in to the BASE ER doctor, he wanted to hospitalize me, but said I would have to re-cycle, so stuck it out with shot and anti-biotics.

    About 8 months after got to permanent duty station, Honor Guard, Ft. Myers, heart burn started and has never gone away and medicate for it ever since, VA disability now.

    1968/69 hospitalized for bleeding ulcer, found duodenal ulcer size of silver dollar. I have been taking meds for it ever since. Then about age 35 A-fib, irregular heart beat, started, 2014 diagnosed with an incurable blood cancer, Waldanstrom's Macroglobulanemia, a bone marrow blood cancer.

    All the above are known to be caused by AGENT ORANGE EXPOSURE AND I HAVE, have had, THEM ALL. Pneumonia about 1/2 dozen times now.

    Yet, there is no published record of it being used on the troops at Ft. Jackson.

    However, one vet, from Seattle, WA, applied about 2 years ago, for exposure at Ft. Jackson, he claimed he was moving drums of it, there, in 1982, that were leaking. His claim was denied for lack of collaboration.

    Also, tell me what kind of ammunition leaks a such a chemical to go so far as to contaminate underground water. NONE THAT I KNOW ABOUT: Heavy Weapons was my specialty. "unknown" chemical substance, the officials are saying may be from leaks from some type of ammunition... What kind would that be...NONE that I know about? contact me at scotty410@yahoo.com

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    1. Eight Veterans Signed Affidavits that they were marched into building and sprayed with Agent Orange in a, no doubt secret, experiment at Ft. Jackson. While I was training there, planes flew over and sprayed stuff on us out in the field. See Miami News Times April 11, 2013 3 page article. All have developed serious medical conditions known to be caused by Agent Orange exposure, and some have already died from it.

      We need more people to come forward to collarborate Agent Orange was used at Ft. Jackson, SC. While a DOD official told the soldiers in this article that, Yes, it has records of it's use at Ft. Jackson, SC, when they asked for copy of the documents, they never heard back from that official again.

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