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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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Scales Of Justice
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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 [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 [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 [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 [Read More…]

Danger Radiation
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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 [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, [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. [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 [Read More…]

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George AFB’s Missing Completed Exposure Pathways Assessment

Prior to the closure of George AFB in December 1992, the Air Force conducted “epidemiological, environmental, and health survey(s) / assessment(s) / investigation(s)” for the base personnel, their families, and civilian employees. However, the Air Force chose to withhold these studies from the public, state, federal regulators, including the Agency for [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, [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 [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 [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 [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 [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) [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 [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 [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, [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, [Read More…]

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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 [Read More…]

Reported Health Problems

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

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

George AFB In The News

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
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

  • Treasure Island Naval Station was home to US Navy’s Nuclear War Academies The navy’s nuclear war academies used a variety of radionuclides in their training The Navy did not acknowledge that history publicly, and as a result, cleanup [Read More...]
  • Air Force’s High Desert Legacy: Untold & Unknown Contamination Levels By Daniel Ross – April 23, 2016 “I’m Mad as Hell”: Air Force Members Blame Health Horrors on Toxic Exposure By Daniel Ross – 17 April [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...]
  • 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...]
  • 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...]
  • U.S. Gov’t intentionally ‘blew up’ nuclear reactor outside Los Angeles in massive human radiation experiment on public — Southern California covered in radioactive plume — Officials “documented effects of long-range effluent cloud on people downwind” [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...]
  • The Atomic Sailors by William R. Levesque “It was the Navy’s dirtiest job. The crew of the U.S.S. Calhoun County dumped thousands of radioactive barrels into the Atlantic Ocean from 1946 to 1960. The Navy [Read More...]
  • The DOD’s Modus Operandi (M.O.) – Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, NC The DOD lied to the public and local, state, and federal regulators and congress; withheld records; covered-up deaths that were the result of [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...]

Personal Accounts

  • My name is Bridgette Smith, and my father was stationed at George AFB from 1983- 1991. We moved to Wyoming Ct, off of the flight line, when I was 5 and moved off base when [Read More...]
  • I was stationed there from 1966-1969. During my stay my wife had a stillborn and two miscarriages. Prior to that we had no problems and 5 years after that we had a healthy little girl [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.
  • I WAS THERE FROM 1956 T0 1958 I HAVE COPD ALSO TREMORS I WAS IN THE 327 FIS
  • I was stationed at George AFB from March 1983 – Nov 1984.  I was at the Component Repair Squadron (CRS) Group of the 35th TAC Wing. I lived in the dorm across from the BX [Read More...]
  • 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 name is D. G., I lived at George AFB as a child of an active duty soldier. I lived there from 83 to 91, at 238 Oregon St. I/m 36 years of age and suffer [Read More...]
  • My sister and I were born on George’s Air Force base in 1955 and 1954 respectively. My father Wolford last name was enlisted. My Mother was Beverly. They were married. She died of liver disease [Read More...]
  • My name is Suzanne Mounce-Arena – I was stationed at George AFB from 1986-1991- 35th 20th AMU weapons F-4 I lost two pregnancies [miscarriage] at the base, had to get a hysterectomy in my 20’s, [Read More...]
  • I was stationed at George AFB. from November 81-April 1984. 35th TFW 20th AMU as a Crew Chief. In the last 2 1/2 years I have been diagnosed with glaucoma, central retinal vein occlusion, and [Read More...]
  • My name is M. D. I was an AF wife at George AFB for 7 years, late 1968 through late 1975. We lived in Adelanto through most of my first pregnancy. I nearly miscarried in [Read More...]
  • I was stationed at George from may 77 to Nov80 and lived in the barracks. Due to the heat drank a ton of water all time from community water fountains. Should I be concerned? Thru [Read More...]
  • My dad B. W. was stationed at George AFB several times.  I know we were there when I was in kindergarten, then we moved to Ramstein AFB in Germany for 3 years and then back [Read More...]

Articals

  • George AFB was named in honor of Brigadier General Harold Huston George (1892-1942), a World War I fighter ace, General George directed air operations in defense of the fortified islands in Manila Bay at the [Read More...]
  • “It is the EPA’s decision that the pesticides are no longer protected under “intended use” when the structures are demolished or are to be demolished. Because of this, the chemical’s “intended use” is no longer applicable, and [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...]
  • The DOD’s employees hubris towards America Citizens and the callous disregard for the laws that every DOD employee swore to uphold and protect? Pentagon puts budget concerns ahead of Fort McClellan troops’ welfare The Pentagon [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...]
  • The Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board recently released the “Deed Restrictions” for George Air Force Base that are required by the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) §120(h). Because of these CERCLA §120(h) [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...]
  • I was stationed at George AFB and I think that my health problems are connected to the toxic contamination at George Air Force Base, CA, “EPA Superfund ID: CA2570024453.″ Request a complete and unredacted copy, printout, or export of your military personnel; inpatient, outpatient, dental, and mental health medical records from the National Personnel Records Center […] [Read More…]

  • Three hundred and one documents have been deleted or pulled from the United States Air Force (USAF) Administrative Record (AR) for George Air Force Base. Source accessed 10 April 2011 AR # View Size(MB) Subject or [Read More...]
  • 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 [Read More...]
  • 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...]