*NOTE: Site list and links below updated from the EPA Superfund website on Oct. 20, 2015.
While the initial focus of CivilianExposure.org is on Camp Lejeune contamination, research shows that this is problem is much larger than one base.
Camp Lejeune is unfortunately the flagship of contamination on a long list of other contaminated U.S. military installations.
The following is a complete list of other military installations with contamination that are listed on the full EPA Superfund (CERCLA) Site List.
Currently, there are 157 federal sites on the full list, with another 4 proposed to be added. As we continue our research, we will add additional sites and details for each.
NOTE: The EPA recently altered all of the direct links to the narrative pages on each of the sites listed below. Perhaps this was a simple server and link cleanup, or it was meant to render dead all of our links (and all similar links on other advocate sites) to deter information spreading. At present, you can only view this list. We are working to re-link all of these to their respective EPA information pages and will let you know when complete.
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I wanted to click open the links provided concerning other Contaminated U.S. Military Installations and I get an EPA message for either its outdated or will not give me access. How can I see and learn of any health issues at these bases? I was at Lejeune and I’m service-connected for the liver and I was stationed at Parris Island, SC. and Puget Sound Naval Shipyard Complex in Bremerton, WA. Thank you for any assistance.
Scott: Thanks for pointing this out. These links have been working in the past for quite some time. Evidently, the EPA has shifted servers, changed the links around internally or moved the information altogether. Will have a look and see if I can re-link to the correct available information at the EPA this week. Thanks for the catch!
I appreciate this information! As I look at the number of bases that have this problem, it makes me disappointed that I served my country and now all these things are coming back to haunt me. I see a few camps that I was at. After many years, I am beginning to have a lot of health issues. Not only that, I was stationed in Korea and I have some documents saying they dumped Agent Orange there. I am in an appeal process with the VA but always get denied. What is this country coming to?!
Thank you for your note and for your service. Indeed, it is disappointing (to put it mildly) that our government remains incompetent in its ability to take care of veterans and federal workers exposed to toxins aboard over 100 military installations in the US and now on some bases in other parts of the world. Unfortunately, Deny, Delay and Deflect is becoming standard practice these days. – GS
I served at Naval Facility Coos Head, Oregon for 13 months from 1986 to the shutdown of its array in 1987. Since leaving my first duty station I began having unexplained neurological issues including complex partial seizure disorder, of which I received a service connected disability of 40% in 1988. I wish that my chronic illnesses ended there. I had endometriosis so severe that my uterus was attached to my colon. It was removed at age 40. My thyroid gland removed at age 29 because a nodule had grown so large it interfered with swallowing food and fluids, 6 surgeries to repair my shoulders, ending in a total joint replacement in my right shoulder due to osteoarthritis age 39 and 2014, a second one. Now I have radiculopathy and neuropathy of my right arm due to central stenosis and osteoarthritis of my neck. All this and I’m not even 50 years old, never played sports. I found out my base was contaminated last year, by googling it just because I was reminiscing about my old duty stations. I was poisoned there, living inside a barracks covered by asbestos paint, one of seven dump sites was 150 feet away from where I slept for my shifts. Since my base was on a bluff overlooking Bastendorff Beach the flow of toxins passed in the groundwater and traveled under the terminal building where I worked 72 hours a week. The beach is contaminated with Araclor 1260, dioxins, Vietnam Era herbicides and pesticides, Lead and Benzene, and I believe I am suffering from a multiple system illness from exposure. How? Soil vapor infusion while working 72 hours on the watch floor. I have gulf war illness and it’s home grown. There’s not a damn thing I can do about it because there is no registry for me. The base closed, but there are US Navy personnel working in the Terminal building remotely as a satellite from Pacific Beach, Washington. They are going to get sick too, because even though the base was “cleaned up”, the contamination still exists beneath the four feet of soil they removed and probably dumped somewhere else. And what about th Ed risk to human life before the discovery of the toxins? Or the 120 personnel stationed there that don’t know and were never told they were breathing in toxic, cancer-causing chemicals? I have a doctor for every ailment I have. They think I’m crazy. I can’t get the help I need to expose this. I can’t find the environmental help to get seen by the VA because I am not gulf war, camp le jeune or agent orange. I’m damaged. I’m invisible.
Dear LL: Thank you for sharing your story with us. It is absolutely heartbreaking that you have had to endure so much at such an early age on multiple fronts from exposure. Yours is a stark reminder that military contamination is not just an issue at a small handful of bases. It is not just a local issue. It is a national issue. It is a system-wide problem within the military and has been for the past half century or more. One only needs to look at the number of bases that have been added to the EPA Superfund list over time. Further, the list of chemicals involved is similar across all bases. We will dig into details about contamination at your base and share what we find in an upcoming newsletter and on our website. Your story, by sharing these details, will help others who may be out there also searching for answers.
You are not invisible. We will continue to shed light on stories like yours, present information, and keep the spotlight and pressure up on this issue. You may want to reach out to one of these folks to see what the latest is on Coos Head: Norman Read at the Oregon DEQ Western regional office or via email at email@example.com. If this does not work, you can try Gil Wistar at (503) 229-5512, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Western regional office. You may also already have this information, but if not, you can try the local veterans services folks here:
Coos County Veteran Services – Barye Dellinger, MS, County Veteran Service Officer
Office Address: 217 North Adams
Mailing Address: 250 North Baxter
Coquille, OR 97423
Not sure how relevant, but there’s also the VA Portland Regional Benefits Office. I hope this helps provide a starting point for you. – GS
Thank you for your service and for being an advocate. I was a wife living at Midway Park in Camp Lejeune as well as base housing in El Toro, CA. I gave birth while at El Toro. My son was born with a heart malforation which was discovered when he was 18 (he’s 31 now). I have 2 questions : was Midway Park and El Toro base housing included in the contamination? Are there any resources available to determine if my son’s birth defect was a result of the contamination and are there any programs in place for us to be tested for potential health issues? Thanks again.
I would like to see any information you may be able to give about FT. McClellan AL since AEM took over the contamination and I canLt seem to get any information about the contaminates found there.
Hi Billie Jo, Thanks for reaching out. Here’s what we have so far on Ft. McClellan, Alabama: http://www.civilianexposure.org/fort-mcclellan-alabama/ . We’re constantly trying to dig around for more information and update the site and newsletters regularly. If there’s other information we can dig up for you, let us know and we’ll try to find it. – GS
When are you going to do the Aberdeen Proving Ground Test Vets
Hi Randal. We received your request and have a lineup of requests that we’re taking in order. Should have something on Aberdeen in the next 2 weeks. Stay tuned!
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Let’s remember all the Jobs inside the Military who was exposed daily to TCE, etc… I was an Armorer, but I have talked to airplane cleaners, and motor pool people who used TCE, or one of the many names it has. But I touched it, and smelled it daily for about 12-18 months.Now I have cyst on kidneys, right ventricle fibrosis, Non alcoholic fatty liver. Systemic sclerosis, cyst in nostril, my T-4 up and down, my platelets and lymphocytes fall all the time below standards, my bones ate up by TCE as it mixes with the Calcium in my body and causes calcinosis, then my lungs have a misty fibrosis, and two cyst, my skin has some cherry anginos, Sleep apnea, etc…And VA still acts like they know nothing all these years as mine happen in 1987, so after the country spent Billions to clean up TCE, they continued to use it! They continued to contaminate new people like myself! How do you spend billions to clean something up and not have a plan to take it out of use? Not until 1995 did they realize the true dangers of TCE, that was because they took all the old rags from cleaning weapons and burned them in burn pits, when they relized the problem they changed the SOP for disposal of weapon cleaning rags, and gave it the name Burn pits to camoflage it from anyone who would put it together with TCE. The plan was to not refile until most were dead, but people like myself and others are ramping the timeline up on the Government.
SERVICE CONNECTED DISABILITY: The Veterans Administration uses this term meaning active duty service men and women. Mention the word military dependent or civil servant in the VA and the only response you hear is “NEXT”.
I was born and raised in a military family, my father was in the Air Force for 26yrs. and 2wks. after my 19th Birthday I was in the Marine Corps for the next 4yrs. followed by 21yrs. civil service with the Federal Government. That equals to the first 44yrs. of my life I was living and working for the Federal Government, but according to the VA only my 4yrs. as a Marine equals service connected and not the 19yrs. as a military dependent or the 21yrs. working as a civil servant with the Federal Government.
I retired 3mo’s. after my 44th birthday with 25yrs. civil service on the old program and not the “FERS” program.
From 1969 thru 1979 I both lived and worked on military base’s now listed on the EPA’s Super Fund list.
Griffiss AFB, NY, Anderson AFB, Guam, Camp Pendleton, CA. and Camp Lejeune, NC..
January of 2018 I turned 62yrs. old and applied for social security, but because I was only employed in the military and civil service I am entitled to only $132.00 per mo. with NO possibility of disability.
I’m sure you’ve heard of falling through the cracks, well I fell off the cliff.
I received a letter from the VA telling me that I am rated 10% disabled service connected and 100% disabled non-service connected. So after living under a military roof for 19yrs. plus 4yrs’ active duty and another 21yrs. civil service amounting to a total of 44yrs. with the Federal Government.
VA Disability and Social Security Disability are both funded by the Federal Government, yet the government only wants to pay me 10% disability for my 4yrs. active duty in the military. The 100% non-service disability the government rates me just happens to be medical conditions I have that are listed in the “EPA’s Super Fund” list and didn’t show until after my retirement, leaving me at the bottom of the cliff and uncovered.
The Government pays $2,900.00 for 100% Disability
The Government pays me $137.00
Where is the list of overseas bases including Vier Nam where the US is spending something like 50 million dollars to clean up Bien Hoa.
I did my basic trading in fort Ord in 1968 and was stationed there for about 2 more months. In sept of 2018 I developed prostate cancer. I believe i might have been exposed to chemicals that were stored there. There are reports that state that Agent Orange was also stored there.
How about Sembach Air Base Germany they stored agent orange and other chemicals there once we got agent Orange in place of cleaning fluids at the 603rd vehicle maintenance shop 3 55 gallon drums one we finally got clean fluids we had a drum left so Sergeant Bizjak decided that since it was spring I should go around spraying pools of water to kill the mosquito larva three mornings in a row I was drenched in this stuff I had no protective equipment no face mask no gloves nothing no I’ve got all kinds of s*** wrong with me from using this agent Orange the VA put me on the agent orange registry but that don’t help me none so when in the hell are they going to honestly register all the bases that stored this s***
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I have spent a significant amount of time on many base in all areas from SD, to VA, to FL. I had pre renal failure from Albany, MB, ended up at the ER from Offutt, Dahlgren was too far from a real hospital but had some medical leave time. All around 2011-2013.
Yes, after 10+ bases easy my doctors just have given up and decided I’m crazy so been on “chill pills” for a decade. Thought it was Lyme disease, now I just know organs removed, troubles had, quality of life isn’t what it was, and no doctor will spend the time to even try to diagnose. You get seen as a hypochondriac but I remember the time I felt great and now. I could’ve woken up with a hangover and felt better.
We were stationed at Clark AFB in the PI during the early-mid 1970s. Both my parents have/ had AML. Reason I suspect Clark: my parents divorced 10 years after we were at Clark & never lived in the same area again, yet they both have this horrible disease. My sister and I are devasted. And terrified. How do we get started with research & data collection?
I was stationed at Andrews AFB. Worked on the flight line and lived in condemned Air Force barracks. I was navy. This was back between 96-99. Now I’ve developed testicular cancer and multiple myeloma. Is anyone else experiencing anything similar?
I can’t find anything that the VA will use for exposure to Agent Orange at Little Rock AFB, Arkansas. There was a plant by the main gate that made the different colors of that nasty defoliant and either dumped it in a small swampy area behind the plant, in leaky drums above ground or buried at the city dump. The EPA during their Superfund Cleanup mentioned that the bad had major contamination for many years. I am a three stroke survivor with new onset of Mild Cognitive Impairment. Using what information I can find on the old Inter is considered by the rubber stampers at the Va say the anything gleaned from the internet is hearsay. I was also told that even though the EPA has determined that the base is contaminated the VA doesn’t have to recognize their findings so therefore I was never exposed to Agent Orange. Any help is appreciated.
will like to add another base that wasn’t on the list of air force bases and i know for a fact it should be listed is K.I. Sawyer AFB, Gwinn MI
Mc Clellan Air Force Base is one of the MOST Toxic bases on the EPA list but it is seldom mentioned
Why isn’t Mare Island Naval Shipyard included?? It was and is grossly contaminated and is currently an EPA Superfund site.
I can also echo one of the comments above: Military members are always included (as they should be) but civilian employees and military dependents are swept to the side or have to jump through very high hurdles to even attempt to be compensated. Why? Why are we any less valuable people and less deserving of care and compensation??