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Yes, investigate Fort Devens, Massachusetts! Their contaminated well system supplied/supplies the entire post community with cancer causing contaminated water. It’s now one of many designated military Superfund sites as of I believe 1989. When I (and countless others) served 1981-1984, there was horribly contaminated water pumped through the well water system to every innocent person on post. Also, the buildings/barracks we lived in, slept in, worked in, swept and cleaned were built with asbestos (also a cancer causing source).
Kidney cancer is a silent killer. I have no family history. My doctor discovered a very slow growing form of it (my doctors words) growing on my right kidney. I was told this at Mass General hospital after my surgeon removed my kidney and had read the lab’s tumor biopsy analysis. My surgeon had to remove my entire kidney – it was covered in the cancer tumor. That was in 2008.
Now a few months ago in 2018 while assisting an elderly retired Naval officer, they randomly mentioned that he probably got his kidney and bladder cancer while serving for a few months of time in the Navy at Fort Devens, MA. I nearly fell over, as I served at Devens about two years, lived in Massachusetts, and never heard a peep from any source about Fort Deven’s water system cancer-causing contamination. Nor did I hear about the buildings we were in 24/7 were/are built with cancer causing asbestos.
I served my country in the Army. I did not sign up to give my kidney up. Nor did I sign up for the chance of contracting a terminal illness while serving that could end my life prematurely. It makes me angry! No one in our government warned us even after Fort Devens, Massachusetts was designated a Superfund site (1989) due to substantial (documented by the EPA) CANCER-causing evidence of prolific contamination of the well water system supporting the community of Fort Devens.
Note: The author currently resides in Massachusetts. Their account/editorial is posted verbatim from the author with only minor grammatical edits, and the omission of their name to preserve anonymity.
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I spent time there as a inmate and they were telling us that is was just mineral water and when came down too whos who2 blame,they’d say it’s the tow of Ayer’s then Ayer’s would they are no longer involved.right now too this date Devens is used for a federal hospital for sickly inmates still going through it!!!