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George Air Force Base, CADid the Department of Defense (DOD) misrepresent the nature and extent of the environmental contamination at George Air Force Base, CA?   Yes. (see: George AFB’s Children, Exposure Pathways, Health Problems, Personal Accounts, and Dr. Sabol) In doing so, the DOD wasted in excess of $124,700,000.00(1) of the taxpayers’ money, and unnecessarily endangered the public, military personnel, and their family members. (…)

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Southeast Disposal Area – Completed Exposure Pathways

Southeast Disposal Area – Completed Exposure Pathways

The SEDA is physically located about 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(…)

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Request For A New Public Health Assessment

Request For A New Public Health Assessment

I am requesting that the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) conduct a new Public Health Assessment for George Air Force Base, CA, Superfund ID: CA2570024453. The Department of Defense (DOD) deliberately misled the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) and the American people about the hazardous substances at George Air Force Base and the Completed(…)

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George AFB Housing – Completed Exposure Pathway

George AFB Housing – Completed Exposure Pathway

The high rates of infant mortality, birth defects, cancer, autoimmune disorders, and sterility at George AFB may have been caused in part by Dieldrin, other pesticides, lead-based paint, and friable asbestos at the base housing. Other sources of environmental contamination and exposure pathways are discussed here:  Southeast Disposal Area (SDEA), Industrial Waste, Burn Pits and Incinerators and the Victorville Federal Correctional Complex.(…)

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Victorville Federal Correctional Complex

Victorville Federal Correctional Complex

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 property is transferred.  Why are the Department of Defense (DoD), Air Force (AF), and Bureau of Prisons (BOP) blocking the(…)

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George AFB’s Hazardous Toxic and Radioactive Waste Sites

George AFB’s Hazardous Toxic and Radioactive Waste Sites

Potential Contaminants of Concern at the former George Air Force Base, CA 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 /(…)

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Industrial Waste – Completed Exposure Pathway

Industrial Waste – Completed Exposure Pathway

From 1965 to 1 December 1981, the Air Force dumped 5,578,400 gallons of industrial waste containing known carcinogens into the sewer at the former George Air Force Base, CA. This provided the following Completed Exposure Pathway (CEP): Industrial Waste → Sewer → Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) → STP’s Percolation Ponds → STP’s Percolation Ponds effluent (outflow) → Chlorinator → Golf Course Irrigation → Supply Wells for George(…)

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Burn Pits and Incinerators – Completed Exposure Pathway

Burn Pits and Incinerators – Completed Exposure Pathway

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(…)

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Ocean Dumping of Radioactive Waste

Ocean Dumping of Radioactive Waste

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 latitude “(2) Burial at Sea Burial of radioactive wastes at sea has been authorized. Burial in inland lakes is prohibited.(…)

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George AFB’s Children

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(…)

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Radioactive Waste Disposal at George AFB

Radioactive Waste Disposal at George AFB

US Government Reports, Letters, Personal Accounts, and Newspaper Articles Hq USAF survey letter – Radioactive Waste Disposal, Hq, SCN 71-28 – AF - February 1971  George AFB was notified by HQ USAF that its radioactive waste burial sites were to be accounted for, fenced off, and clearly marked. They were not. Burial of Radioactive Waste in the USAF - 15 March(…)

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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 Department of Defense (DOD) and Air Force inserted an interesting clause in the “Federal Facility Agreement for George AFB” that gives them(…)

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General Harold H. George

General Harold H. George

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 beginning of World War II. He died on 29 April 1942, in an aircraft accident near Darwin, Australia. Photo courtesy of(…)

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Important Documents – Timeline

Important Documents – Timeline

1971 February - Hq USAF survey letter – Radioactive Waste Disposal, Hq, SCN 71-28 – AF George AFB was notified by HQ USAF that that all of its radioactive waste burial sites were to be accounted for, fenced off, and clearly marked. They were not. 1972 March - Burial of Radioactive Waste in the USAF - AF Positive responses George(…)

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

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(…)

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Drinking Water – Completed Exposure Pathway

Drinking Water – Completed Exposure Pathway

The drinking water supply wells at George Air Force Base provided a Completed Exposure Pathway (CEP) Supply wells → water → 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(…)

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DoD’s Culpability For Contamination

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(…)

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DoD’s Breach of Trust

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(…)

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George AFB’s Exposure Pathways – Water

The Department of Defense (DOD) deliberately misled the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) and the American people about the hazardous substances at George Air Force Base and the complete exposure pathway that the drinking water provided. George AFB’s contaminated drinking water supply provided the following “Completed Exposure Pathways”

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Transferred to Civilian Use

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 program so base property could be quickly transferred to the community for reuse. “Five-Part Plan for Revitalizing Base Closure Communities,” President William Clinton,(…)

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Environmental Assessment

1971 Hq USAF survey letter - Radioactive Waste Disposal, Hq, SCN 71-28 -AF – 19 Feb 71George AFB was notified by HQ USAF that that all of its radioactive waste burial sites were to be accounted for, fenced off, and clearly marked. 

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Names and Commands

Established as the Air Corps Advanced Flying School: 23 June 1941 Construction Began: 12 July 1941 Occupied: 25 October 1941 Renamed Victorville Army Flying School: 6 February 1942 Renamed Victorville Army Air Field: 23 April 1943 Renamed Victorville Air Force Base: 13 January 1948 Renamed George Air Force Base: 2 June 1950 Closed: December 1992

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Mojave River Basin

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 that has been in a state of overdraft since the early 1950′s.

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George AFB’s Schools

George Air Force Base is a Superfund site that was redeveloped under President Clinton’s expedited environmental cleanup “Fast-Track” and the EPA’s Brownfields program. The Adelanto School District operated two schools on George AFB the Harold H. George Visual & Performing Arts Elementary magnet school and Harry R. Sheppard Elementary/Middle School.  Unfortunately, both schools were allowed to remain open for approximately 10(…)

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George AFB Administrative Record

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 on:  10 April 2011

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