Contamination at Willow Grove Naval Air Station

When Civilian Exposure was established in 2013, our initial primary focus was on the water contamination and soil vapor intrusion issues at Camp Lejeune, NC.  The base was the largest contaminated base on the EPA Superfund site list, so it has become a flagship of sorts for this issue.  That said, there are over 150 military installations actively listed on the EPA Superfund list today.  Those communities need answers and support as well.  We’re expanding our coverage to include these communities and base issues nationwide.

As we continue to profile other bases with contamination issues, we uncovered this story about Willow Grove Naval Air Station.  A redevelopment firm is working to acquire the land to build new homes, businesses, shopping, etc.  Yet, last year, it was discovered that Willow Grove was contaminated with perfluorinated compounds in some wells near the base.  The chemicals, commonly used in firefighting foam, were classified as an emerging contaminant by the EPA last summer.

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Civilian Exposure is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization/public charity working to Build Awareness, Accountability and Assistance for Civilians Exposed to Camp Lejeune Water Contamination and all citizens exposed to any toxic contamination aboard all U.S. military installations. The effort continues to inform civilian employees and others affected by contamination to receive both the guidance and the justice they deserve.

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A 20-year veteran of media, marketing, non-profits and entrepreneurship, Gavin P. Smith leads Civilian Exposure, a non-profit assisting civilians and veterans exposed to U.S. military contamination; the Keta Foundation, a collaborative foundation dedicated to mitigating modern slavery through economic improvement projects in Africa; and Gavin Consulting, a network of virtual experts serving global clients; He is also a former member of the CDC/ATSDR Camp Lejeune Community Assistance Panel. Mr. Smith holds a Master of Global Management with distinction (Beta Gamma Sigma) from Thunderbird School of Global Management, an MBA from The College of William & Mary Mason School of Business and a BA in History from Wake Forest University.

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