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“I’m Mad as Hell”: Air Force Members Blame Health Horrors on Toxic Exposure

Two memories stand out to Terrine Crooks from her arrival at George Air Force Base in the summer of 1980. One is the sense of apprehension she felt at seeing for the first time the broad, flat, barren expanse of the base on the skirt-tails of the Mojave Desert. “I was like, ‘oh my God.’ I was a New Hampshire girl who’d left a beautiful green land.” The second, she said, was how she was told by in-processing personnel not to get pregnant [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 [Read More…]


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 [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 / [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. [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 [Read More…]


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 [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 [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 [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 [Read More…]

Definition of Due Diligence

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 [Read More…]

Dr. John R. Sabol

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 [Read More…]

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Reported Health Problems

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

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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