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We enlisted/were commissioned in the military to protect our country in its time of need, agreed to sacrifice our body or lay down our life if necessary to protect the country we loved. We did NOT agree to be needlessly poisoned by the very country we swore to protect, and we certainly did NOT agree to the poisoning of our spouses and children. [Read More…]

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Military bases’ contamination will affect water for generations

VICTORVILLE, CA – Once a fighter jet training base critical to the Cold War, little remains of the former George Air Force Base but rows of dilapidated houses, a dismantled military hospital and dangerous chemicals from pesticides, jet fuels and other hazardous wastes that have poisoned the water for decades.

“Now when I see the base today, areas of it look like a war zone,” said Frank Vera, an Air Force veteran stationed on the base in the early 1970s. “I don’t think people know what to do with some of these areas because they are so contaminated.” [Read More…]

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George AFB’s Perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) – PFOA and PFOS

George Air Force Base disposed of Firefighting Foam in Landfill-1 (L-1). L-1 is located south of Air Base Road in the Southeast Disposal Area (SEDA) and about a ¼ mile upstream of the old Drinking Water Supply Wells for George AFB, Adelanto, CA, several homes, and the former Victor Valley Country Club. Unfortunately, the groundwater flows northeast from the SEDA directly toward these [Read More…]

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Seeking Justice

When we (the injured) try to seek justice for our injuries through the courts, we are told that our case has no standing because of the Statute of Limitations, Feres Doctrine, and/or the sovereign immunity clause of the Federal Torts Claim Act (FTCA). How can the DOJ/DOD argue that the Statute of Limitations has expired when rogue employees within the DOD conspired to [Read More…]

Danger Pesticides
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George AFB’s Organochlorine Pesticides Contamination

In 2002, aldrin, chlordane, DDT, dieldrin, endrin, heptachlor, and lindane were detected in the surface soil at the George AFB Family Housing. In 2005 the Air Force advised the City of Victorville that the levels of pesticides detected at the Base Family Housing “could present a danger to human health if soils are inhaled, ingested, or contacted by skin.” On 1 October 2007, the levels of [Read More…]

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George AFB’s Lead Based Paint Contamination

Most facilities and buildings at George AFB were constructed before the DOD banned the use of lead based paint (LBP), in 1978, and are likely to contain one or more coats of such paint.  In addition, some facilities constructed immediately after the ban may also contain LBP, because the inventories of these paints that were in the supply network were likely to have [Read More…]

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George AFB’s Asbestos Contamination

“There are 1,970 buildings on-base (including 1,641 housing units) with a total square footage of floor space of 4,629,926, approximately 10 percent of which has been surveyed for asbestos. Forty percent of those facilities tested had asbestos containing materials (ACM) (80% nonfriable, 20% friable).”  Page 11 Title:   A Preliminary Review of Environmental Requirements and Concerns Based on the Proposed Closure of George [Read More…]

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George AFB’s Atmospheric Nuclear Weapons Testing Decontamination Centers

In 2016, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Radiologic Health Branch investigated the radiological decontamination centers at George AFB.  CDPH concluded that there were historical documents that demonstrate that aircraft were decontaminated at George AFB and the Air Force has NOT publicly acknowledged the radiological contamination or the cleanup of this possible radiological contamination. With the recent declassification and/or release of documents, [Read More…]

Terri Kristl Crooks VA C&P
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Terri Kristl Crooks

Terri just set a precedent by winning her Department of Veterans Administration (DVA) claim for service connected health conditions associated with her exposure to toxic chemicals at George AFB. She had a repeated and prolonged exposure to chlordane and other organochlorine pesticides (“OCPs”) that were used as herbicides, insecticides, termiticides, pesticides, and rodenticides to protect the George Air Force Base Family Housing, dorms, and [Read More…]

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George AFB’s Persistent Organic Pollutants (POP)

Victorville Army Airfield / George Air Force Base (AFB) used organochlorine pesticides, before they were banned, to protect its buildings against termites and other pests. The following pesticides and their breakdown products were detected under and around the George AFB Family Housing: aldrin, chlordane, DDT, dieldrin, endrin, heptachlor, and lindane. The levels of aldrin, dieldrin, and chlordane and their breakdown products were so [Read More…]

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Is George AFB the Air Force’s Camp Lejeune?

Is the former George Air Force Base, CA, “EPA Superfund ID: CA2570024453, ″ the Air Force’s Camp Lejeune?  Yes! Some people have asked why it is taking so long to get help for the families of George AFB.  At some point, senior management within the DOD made a decision that it was more important to cover up the problem at its contaminated bases than [Read More…]

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– George AFB’s Weapons Storage and Assembly Area and Southeast Disposal Area

The Southeast Disposal Area’s RW-09 radioactive disposal site is physically located about a ¼ mile upstream of the Drinking Water Supply Wells for George AFB, Adelanto, CA, several homes, and the former Victor Valley Country Club.  Unfortunately, the groundwater flows northeast from the SEDA, directly toward these drinking water supply wells.  This created a potential exposure to tens of thousands of civilians, and military [Read More…]

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George AFB’s Hazardous Toxic and Radioactive Waste Sites

Potential Contaminants of Concern at the former George Air Force Base, CA, “EPA Superfund ID: CA2570024453” Asbestos Containing Materials (ACM), Aviation [Avgas], Benzene, Chlordane, Diesel, Explosives (UXO, MEC) [Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) / Munitions and Explosives of Concern (MEC)], Gasoline, Heating Oil / Fuel Oil, MTBE / TBA / Other Fuel Oxygenates, Munitions Debris (MD), Nitrate, Other Insecticides [Dieldrin] / Pesticide / Fumigants / Herbicides, Other [Read More…]

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Request For A New Public Health Assessment (PHA)

I am requesting that the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) conduct a new Public Health Assessment for the former George Air Force Base, CA, “EPA Superfund ID: CA2570024453.” From the ATSDR’s Public Health Assessment for George AFB, dated December 1, 1998, Pages 28 – 29. On the basis of available data, ATSDR concludes that exposure to contaminants in groundwater and soil at George [Read More…]

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Industrial Waste – Completed Exposure Pathways

From 1965 to 1 December 1981 (16 years), the Air Force dumped 5,578,400 gallons of industrial waste containing known carcinogens into the sanitary sewer, which emptied into the sewage treatment plant (STP), and the STP discharged directly into the STP’s percolation ponds. However, the Air Force determined that the unlined percolation ponds, the soil, and the groundwater were NOT contaminated based on one [Read More…]

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DoD’s Breach of Trust

Because the Department of Defense (DoD) has not acknowledged the true nature and extent of the environmental contamination at the former George AFB, and its Completed Exposure Pathways (CEP): Doctors cannot treat the toxic exposures of base personnel and family members. Military personnel are being defrauded of their Medical Discharge, Military Pension, and medical care (TRICARE). Military personnel’s family members are being defrauded [Read More…]

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DoD’s Culpability For Contamination

I am trying to document when the Department of Defense (DoD) knew or suspected it had a problem with environmental contamination at its facilities, installations, or bases. To do this, I am trying to find the earliest DoD reports or documents that address specific environmental contamination or health hazards at the DoD’s installations. e.g., Radiation, Trichloroethylene, Burn pits, Incinerators, and … Burn pits or incinerators Known carcinogens and [Read More…]

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George AFB’s Children

  I have received dozens of personal accounts about miscarriages, stillbirths, birth defects, and childhood cancers at George Air Force Base.  Here are some excerpts from these accounts: “When I arrived at the base [George AFB] in Oct 81, they told us during our inbrief that there was a high infant mortality rate and females should consider NOT getting pregnant while assigned there.” G. [Read More…]

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George AFB’s Burn Pits and Incinerators

The Burn Pits and Incinerators at George Air Force Base provided a Completed Exposure Pathway (CEP). Burn Pits and Incinerators → known carcinogens and respiratory sensitizers →  air → civilians, military personnel and their family members The Department of Defense (DOD) and Air Force failed to notify the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) of this potential exposure pathway for the Health Assessment of George AFB. George Air Force [Read More…]

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Drinking Water – Completed Exposure Pathways

George Air Force Base’s contaminated drinking water provided a Completed Exposure Pathway (CEP) Supply wells → water → civilians, military personnel and their family members, and surrounding community This contaminated drinking water provided the following “Completed Exposure Pathways” Ingestion: Drinking water, cooking Dermal Contact: bathing, showering, swimming pool, occupational exposures Inhalation of volatile organic compounds (VOCs): showering, swamp coolers The Department of Defense (DOD) and Air Force [Read More…]

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Due Diligence

What city or company would lease or buy property on a Superfund Site (George Air Force Base, CA), potentiality exposing their employees to toxic contamination, and opening the door to years of litigation? The George AFB CERCLA §120(h) Deed Restrictions The Army and/or Air Force used organochlorine pesticide to protect the older buildings’ (pre-1988) foundations against ground termites and other pests at George [Read More…]

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George AFB’s Schools – Completed Exposure Pathways

Several people have reported that they, family members, friends, or coworkers from the George AFB schools have cancer. If you worked at or were a student at one of the schools on George AFB and have health problems, please contact us. Expedited Environmental Assessment and Cleanup The former George Air Force Base, CA, “EPA Superfund ID: CA2570024453″ was redeveloped under President Clinton’s expedited environmental cleanup “Fast-Track“. The [Read More…]

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Radioactive Waste Timeline

In the 1940s and 50s, it was standard practice to bury radioactive waste, including radioactive waste generated by nuclear weapons maintenance operations, in unlined pits, until the Air Force implemented Technical Order 00-110N-2 in 1958-59.  Because all activities supporting the Nuclear Defense Program are highly classified to protect national security, the location, material, and amount buried in these radioactive waste sites has not [Read More…]

Dr. John R. Sabol
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John R. Sabol, J.D., P.E.

John Richard Sabol, J.D., P.E. (21 December 1932 – 3 August 2000) was the Chief Environmental & Contracting Programming / Community Planner / Construction Engineer for George Air Force Base, CA from June 1976 to February 1981. Dr. Sabol Letter # 1 “Dear Frank, In accordance with our past discussions, this letter should serve to summarize the work that I did at George Air [Read More…]

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Reported Health Problems

lung cancer lymphoma emphysema hypothyroidism memory mastectomy difficult pregnancy mood disorders Tourette's Syndrome pancreatic cancer Barret's esophagus female infertility asthma uterine fibroids allergies prostate cancer reproductive disorders thyroid cancer endometrial cancer CIDP kidney cancer osteoarthritis graves’ disease ADHD Ketotic hypoglycemia autoimmune disorder autism migraines celiac sprue disease molar pregnancy learning disabilities testicular cysts raves ophthalmology Oligoastrocytoma tumors chromosomal defects anencephaly c-section bladder cancer dysplasia celiac disease cystic hygromas CML lupus basal cell carcinoma Rosai-Dorfman disease central retinal vein occlusion liver disease tremors brain tumor ductal carcinoma skin cancer diabetes heart problems deaf throat cancer bulging disks squamous cell carcinoma asbestos high risk pregnancies mystery illness autoimmune mds pre-eclampsia ulcerative colitis stillborn Ewing's sarcoma melanoma heart attack hysterectomy endometriosis fibroid tumors chronic pain syndrome (CPS) anxiety breast cancer blood clots club feet acid reflux hyperactive irregular menstruation dermoid cyst CIPD COPD PCOS hiatal hernia Raynaud's schizophrenia angina hepatosplenomegaly depression headaches radiation myelitis manic depression glaucoma thrombocythemia bone problems insomnia seizures chronic bronchitis premature birth hypertension miscarriage blackouts myelodysplastic syndrome IBS radiation myocarditis pneumonia osteoporosis brain cancer pulmonary embolism gastroschisis histiocytosis uterine cancer tinnitus ovarian cysts polyps cataracts rheumatoid arthritis deceased lobular carcinoma leukemia arthritis neonatal death bone cancer don't get pregnant ulcers degenerative disc disease death Psoriasis cluster headaches colon cancer fibromyalgia sinus infections joint pain sleep apnea neuropathy Sjogren's syndrome MS tendonitis gout osteopenia compromised immune systems thyroid bipolar disorder anemia PMDD multiple health problems infant mortality Mosaic Trisomy 18 cancer

Potential Media Affected

Aquifer Used For Drinking Water Supply, Contaminated Surface / Structure, Indoor Air, Soil, Soil Vapor
Source: CA State Water Resources Control Board

Contaminants of Concern

Asbestos-Containing Materials (ACM) / Friable Asbestos, Aviation [Avgas], Benzene, Chlordane, Diesel, Explosives (UXO, MEC) [Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) / Munitions and Explosives of Concern (MEC)], Gasoline, Heating Oil / Fuel Oil, MTBE / TBA / Other Fuel Oxygenates, Munitions Debris (MD), Nitrate, Other Insecticides [Aldrin / Dieldrin] / Pesticide / Fumigants / Herbicides, Other Petroleum, Other Solvent Or Non-Petroleum Hydrocarbon, Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs), Polynuclear Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs), Radioactive Isotopes, Tetrachloroethylene (PCE), Toluene, Trichloroethylene (TCE), Vinyl Chloride, Waste Oil / Motor / Hydraulic / Lubricating, Xylene

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CA State Water Resources Control Board

Air Force Administrative Record

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George AFB In The News

Pentagon dumps tons of hazardous waste yearly without disclosing pollution harm – Video
RT America – August 28, 2017

The military’s toxic water problem – Podcast
By Jimmy Williams speaks with Adrienne St. Clair
DecodeDC – August 21, 2017

Military bases’ contamination will affect water for generations
By Corinne Roels, Briana Smith and Adrienne St. Clair
News 21 –  August 14, 2017

George Air Force Base, Victorville, California – Video
By Corinne Roels, Briana Smith and Adrienne St. Clair
News 21 –  August 8, 2017

Why The EPA Is Allowing Contaminated Groundwater To Go Untreated
By Dan Ross
Newsweek – March 9, 2017

Novel Strategy for Dealing with Toxic Contamination: Do Nothing
By Daniel Ross
FairWarning – February 28, 2017

Air Force’s High Desert Legacy: Untold & Unknown Contamination Levels
By Daniel Ross
San Bernardino County Sentinel – April 23, 2016

“I’m Mad as Hell”: Air Force Members Blame Health Horrors on Toxic Exposure
By Daniel Ross
Truthout – April 17, 2016

Air Force Less Than Clear On Extent Of Nuclear Contamination At GAFB
By Mark Gutglueck
San Bernardino County Sentinel – May 17, 2015

Lahontan: SCLA project unsafe
By Shea Johnson
The Daily Press – December 25, 2014

The Real Deal with Jim Fetzer podcast
By Jim Fetzer – July 26, 2013

The view from being thrown under the bus
By Ed Mattson
Veterans Today – June 23, 2013

Part II…The view from under the bus
By Ed Mattson
Veterans Today – June 30, 2013

GAFB Airman [Frank Vera] Exposed to Radiation
By Mark Gutglueck
Desert Mountain Express – July 1, 1994

Ex-officers: Air Force lied about range
The Daily News – May 7, 1990

Low-level radioactive dump discovered at George AFB
By Willian Couey
The Daily Press – September 1, 1985

News Feeds

  • Virtually every military base in the United States used unlined burn pits and incinerators (without an air scrubber to remove toxic chemicals).  Tens of Thousands of Americans were injured by this practice.  George Air Force [Read More...]
  • Treasure Island cleanup exposes Navy’s mishandling of its nuclear … Center For Investigative Reporting-Feb 25, 2014 “We found radiation, contaminated materials, in playgrounds and in areas that had … At the former Alameda Naval Air [Read More...]
  • Pentagon puts budget concerns ahead of Fort McClellan troops’ welfare The Pentagon doesn’t want to spend the money to alert hundreds of thousands of soldiers who served at a once-contaminated Army base that they may [Read More...]
  • “Workers there earn bonuses for completing more filings, and supervisors say some workers deliberately stash records to finish more quickly.” Scope of missing federal military records grows Kansas City Star A 2012 audit found that a [Read More...]
  • El Toxic Hell Toro – Death Sentence for Marines from Tim King 2 years ago Not Yet Rated El Toxic Hell Toro Part Two: A Death Sentence for Marines and School Kids? (IRVINE, Calif.) – A number of [Read More...]
  • Pentagon dumps tons of hazardous waste yearly without disclosing pollution harm – Video RT America – August 28, 2017 The military’s toxic water problem – Podcast By Jimmy Williams speaks with Adrienne St. Clair DecodeDC – August [Read More...]
  • The Philippine container ship that crashed into a US guided-missile destroyer may be liable for almost $2 billion Business Insider – Jul. 12, 2017 There has been criticism of the Feres doctrine particularly by the [Read More...]
  • California City, Underwriter Misled Investors, SEC Says U.S. regulators accused Victorville, California, and underwriters of lying to investors by inflating property values backing $13.3 million of municipal bonds to redevelop a closed air force base [George [Read More...]
  • “Almost every experimenter named by the authors ought to have served time in prison for torturing helpless fellow humans. Instead, the experimenters won research grants and often received accolades as heroes trying to combat a [Read More...]
  • Judge: Sailors’ class-action suit can proceed over alleged radiation … Stars and Stripes-Oct 30, 2014 Judge: Sailors’ class-action suit can proceed over alleged radiation … for a variety of ailments from radiation exposure following a [Read More...]
  • Veterans Used In Secret Experiments Sue Military For Answers NPR … at least 70,000 troops were used in the testing, including World War II veterans exposed to mustard gas, whom NPR reported on earlier this [Read More...]

Personal Accounts

  • My name is G. A.  In October 1981, at age 17, I was assigned to George AFB, CA (active duty).  I attended a briefing by the base hospital as part of the INTRO program for newly [Read More...]
  • My name is William M Sawyer. I was stationed at GAFB from 85-88. I was in perfect health and had no cancer in my family. At 20 years old I got stage three cancer that [Read More...]
  • I was stationed at George from 88 until it closed.  Two years after I left my youngest daughter was diagnosed with a rare thyroid cancer normally associated with radiation exposure and had to have her [Read More...]
  • In April 1987 the Air Force transferred my husband to George AFB in California.  I was 30 years old the mother of 3 wonderful children and life was good, or so we thought.  We were [Read More...]
  • Hi, my name is Karen. I came across Frank Vera’s sites quite by accident, and I must say I was stunned by what I read. I was stationed at GAFB for just 19 months, from [Read More...]
  • I was stationed at George A.F.B. from 1973 to 1977. I was at the FMS Squadron. The last year I was transferred to the Wheel and Tire Shop. They brought in a large Trichlorethylene tank [Read More...]
  • My name is Misty Deming. My father, (Jamie Deming) retired as E-6 Master Instructor, Electronic Warfare, was stationed at George Air Force Base from 1980-1989. I was conceived and delivered at GAFB, and we lived [Read More...]
  • If you have been unable to get your military personnel, health, and/or medical records from the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) please tell your story.
  • My father (Msgt. Victor “Vic” Nabors) was stationed at George in the early 80’s. He was an aircraft mechanic. He passed away in 2011 after a 5-year battle with squamous cell cancer, COPD, pneumonia, and [Read More...]
  • I was born at GAFB in 1988 and lived there til 1992. I’ve had numerous issues including endometriosis, miscarriage, complicated pregnancies and births, migraines, thyroid issues, and blood clots. Two of my children have colitis [Read More...]
  • My husband was stationed at GAFB from 1978-81. He died from complications of MS 10 years ago. He started showing symptoms in 1984..
  • I was stationed at George AFB as a crew chief in the 21st TFS from 1986-1989. I lived in the base dorms. After five months of symptoms and visiting several dentists, an ear nose and [Read More...]
  • My brother in 1981 something went wrong one minute everthing is okay whit how everthing went because of what they are hiding back then and how the death went down and the man that brought [Read More...]

Articals

  • Is the former George Air Force Base, CA, “EPA Superfund ID: CA2570024453, ″ the Air Force’s Camp Lejeune?  Yes! Some people have asked why it is taking so long to get help for the families of [Read More...]
  • The Commissioning Oath “I, _____ , having been appointed an officer in the (Service) of the United States, as indicated above in the grade of _____ do solemnly swear that I will support and defend [Read More...]
  • The Secretary of Defense announced the closure of George Air Force Base under the Base Closure and Realignment Act 5 January 1989. George AFB was deactivated December 15, 1992. President Bill Clinton fast-tracked George AFB environmental cleanup [Read More...]
  • What city or company would lease or buy property on a Superfund Site (George Air Force Base, CA), potentiality exposing their employees to toxic contamination, and opening the door to years of litigation? The George [Read More...]
  • In the 1940s and 50s, it was standard practice to bury radioactive waste, including radioactive waste generated by nuclear weapons maintenance operations, in unlined pits, until the Air Force implemented Technical Order 00-110N-2 in 1958-59. [Read More...]
  • Did the Department of Defense (DOD) misrepresent the nature and extent of the environmental contamination at the former George Air Force Base, CA, “EPA Superfund ID: CA2570024453″?  Yes.  In doing so, the DOD wasted in excess [Read More...]
  • Burial of Radioactive Waste in the USAF Page 26, section (2), refers to burial of radioactive waste at sea in 2 locations. 1. 72° 43” west longitude: 38° 40” north latitude, 2. 123° 6” west longitude: 37° 40” north [Read More...]
  • Because George Air Force Base is in the Mojave Desert, protection of the water supply is of critical concern. Unfortunately,George AFB’s contamination has seriously damaged the fragile aquifer system of the Mojave River Ground-Water Basin [Read More...]
  • John Richard Sabol, J.D., P.E. (21 December 1932 – 3 August 2000) was the Chief Environmental & Contracting Programming / Community Planner / Construction Engineer for George Air Force Base, CA from June 1976 to February [Read More...]
  • If you’ve got nothing to hide, you’ve got nothing to fear. The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) requires the Air Force to make full disclosure of known and suspected contaminants when the [Read More...]
  • If you, a friend, or loved one has been injured or died as a result of the contamination at one or more of the 148 Department of Defense (DOD) Superfund Sites, please watch this trailer [Read More...]