US Military Bases on EPA’s Superfund List


Photo from Military Funeral Honors.

Yesterday I talked about Camp Lejeune, NC and the water issues there. Today, I talk about the other 129 military bases in the United States that are just as bad or worse, and the people involved are NOT getting help from the VA at this time.  If you or a loved one served at any of the bases on this list, please click the link to find out what chemicals you may have been exposed to.

EPA’s Superfund List of Military Installations

US Air Force

Air Force Plant #4 (General Dynamics) Fort Worth TX

Air Force Plant 85 Columbus OH

Air Force Plant PJKS Littleton CO

American Lake Gardens/McChord AFB Tacoma WA

Andersen Air Force Base Yigo GU

Andrews Air Force Base Andrews Air Force Base MD

Arnold Engineering Development Center (USAF) Tullahoma/Manchester TN

Brandywine DRMO Brandywine MD

Castle Air Force Base (6 Areas) Merced CA

Chanute Air Force Base Rantoul IL

Dover Air Force Base Dover DE

Edwards Air Force Base Edwards AFB CA

Eielson Air Force Base Fairbanks AK

Ellsworth Air Force Base Ellsworth AFB SD

Elmendorf Air Force Base Anchorage AK

F.E. Warren Air Force Base Cheyenne WY

Fairchild Air Force Base (4 Waste Areas) Spokane WA

George Air Force Base Victorville CA

Griffiss Air Force Base (11 Areas) Rome NY

Hanscom Field/Hanscom Air Force Base Bedford MA

Hill Air Force Base Hill AFB UT

Homestead Air Force Base Homestead Air Force Base FL

Loring Air Force Base Limestone ME

Luke Air Force Base Glendale AZ

March Air Force Base Riverside CA

Mather Air Force Base (AC&W Disposal Site) Mather CA

McChord Air Force Base (Wash Rack/Treatment Area) Tacoma WA

McClellan Air Force Base (Ground Water Contamination) McClellan AFB CA

McGuire Air Force Base #1 Wrightstown NJ

Mountain Home Air Force Base Mountain Home ID

Norton Air Force Base (Lndfll #2) San Bernardino CA

Pease Air Force Base Portsmouth/Newington NH

Plattsburgh Air Force Base Plattsburgh NY

Rickenbacker Air National Guard (USAF) Lockbourne OH

Robins Air Force Base (Landfill #4/Sludge Lagoon) Houston County GA

Tinker Air Force Base (Soldier Creek/Building 3001) Oklahoma City OK

Travis Air Force Base Travis AFB CA

Twin Cities Air Force Reserve Base (Small Arms Range Landfill) Minneapolis MN

Tyndall Air Force Base Panama City FL

Williams Air Force Base Chandler AZ

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Dayton OH

Wurtsmith Air Force Base Oscoda MI

US Army

Aberdeen Proving Ground (Edgewood Area) Edgewood MD

Aberdeen Proving Ground (Michaelsville Landfill) Aberdeen MD

Alabama Army Ammunition Plant Childersburg AL

Anniston Army Depot (Southeast Industrial Area) Anniston AL

Cornhusker Army Ammunition Plant Hall County NE

Fort Devens Fort Devens MA

Fort Devens-Sudbury Training Annex Sudbury MA

Fort Dix (Landfill Site) Pemberton Township NJ

Fort Eustis (US Army) Newport News VA

Fort George G. Meade Odenton MD

Fort Lewis (Landfill No. 5) Tacoma WA

Fort Lewis Logistics Center Tillicum WA

Fort Ord Marina CA

Fort Richardson (USARMY) Anchorage AK

Fort Riley Junction City KS

Fort Wainwright Fort Wainwright AK

Iowa Army Ammunition Plant Middletown IA

Joliet Army Ammunition Plant (Load-Assembly-Packing Area) Joliet IL

Joliet Army Ammunition Plant (Manufacturing Area) Joliet IL

Lake City Army Ammunition Plant (Northwest Lagoon) Independence MO

Letterkenny Army Depot (PDO Area) Franklin County PA

Letterkenny Army Depot (SE Area) Chambersburg PA

Lone Star Army Ammunition Plant Texarkana TX

Longhorn Army Ammunition Plant Karnack TX

Louisiana Army Ammunition Plant Doyline LA

Materials Technology Laboratory (USARMY) Watertown MA

Milan Army Ammunition Plant Milan TN

Natick Laboratory Army Research, Development, and Engineering Center Natick MA

New Brighton/Arden Hills/TCAAP (USARMY) New Brighton MN

Picatinny Arsenal (USARMY) Rockaway Township NJ

Riverbank Army Ammunition Plant Riverbank CA

Rocky Mountain Arsenal (USARMY) Adams County CO

Sacramento Army Depot Sacramento CA

Savanna Army Depot Activity Savanna IL

Schofield Barracks (USARMY) Schofield HI

Seneca Army Depot Romulus NY

Sharpe Army Depot Lathrop CA

Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant Desoto KS

Tobyhanna Army Depot Tobyhanna PA

Tooele Army Depot (North Area) Tooele UT

Tracy Defense Depot (USARMY) Tracy CA

Umatilla Army Depot (Lagoons) Hermiston OR

US Army/NASA Redstone Arsenal Huntsville AL

Weldon Spring Former Army Ordnance Works St. Charles County MO

West Virginia Ordnance (USARMY) Point Pleasant WV

US Coast Guard

Curtis Bay Coast Guard Yard Baltimore MD

US Navy

Adak Naval Air Station Adak AK

Alameda Naval Air Station Alameda CA

Allegany Ballistics Laboratory (USNAVY) Mineral County WV

Bangor Naval Submarine Base Silverdale WA

Bangor Ordnance Disposal (USNAVY) Bremerton WA

Barstow Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow CA

Brunswick Naval Air Station Brunswick ME

Camp Lejeune Military Res. (USNAVY) Onslow County NC

Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton CA

Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station Havelock NC

Concord Naval Weapons Station Concord CA

Davisville Naval Construction Battalion Center North Kingstown RI

El Toro Marine Corps Air Station El Toro CA

Indian Head Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head MD

Jackson Park Housing Complex (USNAVY) Kitsap County WA

Jacksonville Naval Air Station Jacksonville FL

Marine Corps Combat Development Command Quantico VA

Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany GA

Moffett Naval Air Station Moffett Field CA

Naval Air Development Center (8 Waste Areas) Warminster Township PA

Naval Air Engineering Center Lakehurst NJ

Naval Air Station, Whidbey Island (Ault Field) Whidbey Island WA

Naval Air Station, Whidbey Island (Seaplane Base) Whidbey Island WA

Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek Virginia Beach VA

Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station Eastern Pacific Wahiawa HI

Naval Industrial Reserve Ordnance Plant Fridley MN

Naval Security Group Activity Sabana Seca PR

Naval Surface Warfare Center – Dahlgren Dahlgren VA

Naval Undersea Warfare Engineering Station (4 Waste Areas) Keyport WA

Naval Weapons Industrial Reserve Plant Bedford MA

Naval Weapons Station – Yorktown Yorktown VA

Naval Weapons Station Earle (Site A) Colts Neck NJ

Navy Ships Parts Control Center Mechanicsburg PA

New London Submarine Base New London CT

Newport Naval Education & Training Center Newport RI

Norfolk Naval Base (Sewells Point Naval Complex) Norfolk VA

Norfolk Naval Shipyard Portsmouth VA

NWS Yorktown – Cheatham Annex Yorktown VA

Parris Island Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island SC

Patuxent River Naval Air Station Patuxent River MD

Pearl Harbor Naval Complex Pearl Harbor HI

Pensacola Naval Air Station Pensacola FL

Port Hadlock Detachment (USNAVY) Indian Island WA

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Kittery ME

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard Complex Bremerton WA

South Weymouth Naval Air Station Weymouth MA

St. Juliens Creek Annex (U.S. Navy) Chesapeake VA

Treasure Island Naval Station-Hunters Point Annex San Francisco CA

USN Air Station Cecil Field Jacksonville FL

Washington Navy Yard Washington DC

Whiting Field Naval Air Station Milton FL

Willow Grove Naval Air and Air Reserve Station Horsham PA

Yuma Marine Corps Air Station Yuma AZ

Once you find what contaminants are in the area you were stationed in, look here to find out what they can do to you.  Then you can either rest easy that you were not affected, or you need to see someone about a case with the VA.  If you were NOT at Camp Lejeune, you may not be able to get help through the VA.

This is an example of the EPA’s description of Perchlorate, one of the contaminants at nearly all military installations:

Perchlorate is both a naturally occurring and man-made chemical that is used to produce rocket fuel, fireworks, flares and explosives. Perchlorate can also be present in bleach and in some fertilizers. Perchlorate may have adverse health effects because scientific research indicates that this contaminant can disrupt the thyroid’s ability to produce hormones needed for normal growth and development.

EPA is developing a proposed national primary drinking water regulation for perchlorate. EPA is committed to using the best available peer reviewed science and data to develop the perchlorate drinking water regulation. EPA is evaluating the available science on perchlorate health effects and exposure. EPA is also evaluating laboratory methods for measuring and treatment technologies for removing perchlorate in drinking water. The Agency is also evaluating costs and benefits of potential regulatory options for perchlorate. We anticipate publication of the proposed rule for public review and comment in 2013.

THIS is what the DoD does NOT want you to know:

Perchlorate, an ingredient of solid rocket fuel and a byproduct of rocket and missile testing and explosives, is now omnipresent in the environment. This toxic chemical accumulates in the thyroid gland, where it can inhibit iodine transfer and result in iodine deficiency. Adequate iodine is essential for neurological development in fetuses, infants and children and for promotion of the thyroid hormone. A broad scientific consensus maintains that very low levels of perchlorate in food and water supply threaten the health of infants.

More than 12,000 military sites on which live explosive training takes place release perchlorate into groundwater, where it is exceedingly mobile and persists for decades. Perchlorate has spread from military bases and defense and aerospace contractor plants into drinking water systems, and has also accumulated in leafy food crops and fruit irrigated with contaminated water. A recent study of powdered baby formula found that all types of both soy- and milk-based formula are contaminated with perchlorate, and that it has also been detected in breast milk and human urine throughout the United States. Over half the foods tested by the Food and Drug (FDA) administration contained perchlorate.

The DoD, defense contractors and the White House fought tooth and claw the EPA’s early studies of perchlorate toxicity and pollution in order to block the agency from regulating perchlorate in drinking water. The cabal successfully wrested the perchlorate assessment from the EPA and turned the study over to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), which they expected to be more malleable to their agenda of downgrading the chemical’s toxicity. In 2004, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) successfully sued the White House, DoD and EPA to obtain a paper trail that documented aggressive efforts by the White House and the Pentagon to influence the NAS study and findings. According to the NRDC, “This behind-the-scenes campaign included extensive involvement by White House and Pentagon officials to limit the scope of the NAS’ inquiry and select the [study] panelists, as well as collaboration among the White House, Pentagon, and DOD contractors to influence the panel.” Ultimately, the NAS 2005 final report concluded that perchlorate was significantly more toxic to human health – ten times more so – than the DoD had claimed.

After greater than 20 years of duress from the Pentagon and a decade of NRDC counter pressure, the EPA announced in February 2011 its decision to regulate perchlorate under the Safe Drinking Water Act.

And Perchlorate is just one of the contaminants out there.  There are many more.  And this is just what they have done in America to our own people.  Think about the messes the Military have left for the rest of the world.


5 thoughts on “US Military Bases on EPA’s Superfund List

  1. while doing some exploring on some of the base’s that I have been on I stumbled on to this site. What I found real interesting that some of the Military bases that I have been stationed at were on this list. I was stationed at Camp LeJeune so I knew about that base, but some of the others well when I clicked on to them I got ; United States EPA Server
    The requested object was not found on this server.
    The link you followed is either outdated, inaccurate, or the server has been instructed not to let you have it.

    If you have not linked from an existing page, please check for typographical errors in the URL you entered.

    This is a United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) computer system, which may be accessed and used only for official Government business. Unauthorized access or use of this computer system may subject violators to criminal, civil, and/or administrative action. All information on this computer system may be monitored, recorded, read, copied, and disclosed by and to authorized personnel for official purposes, including law enforcement. Access or use of this computer system by any person, whether authorized or unauthorized, constitutes consent to these terms.

    • I have spent the past 5 hours updating the links. The EPA had changed them all, without providing a process to transfer people. Deliberate hiding or incompetence? I’ll let you guess that one. It’s likely to change again soon, with the current President’s animosity towards the EPA and health care.

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