Documents needed for a VA C&P Claim “Toxic Exposure”

This is a starter list of documents that should be submitted to the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) for toxic injury as a result of an exposure to “chlordane and other organochlorine pesticides (“OCPs”) at George AFB.”

Terri Crooks set a precedent by winning her DVA C&P claim for service connection health conditions as a result to an exposure to chlordane and other organochlorine pesticides (“OCPs”) used at George Air Force Base Family Housing, dorms, and barracks.

It is imperative that you get a Board Certified OccMed Doctor to use the following exact phrases in your NEXUS letter to the DVA.

  • It is in his or her opinion that your condition was at least as likely as not caused by your military service.

CA Water Resources Control Board - Contaminants - George AFB .pdf

2005-02-04 AF - AF to Victorville – unsafe levels pesticides GAFB Family Housing (PDF - 64 KB).pdf

2007-10-01 Quitclaim Deed George AFB Family Housing (PDF - 510 KB)

2012-03-08 SCLA Soil Testing Project CC12-041.pdf

2004-09-30 ACE - Guidance for Addressing Chlordane Contamination at DOD Sites.pdf

Pesticides Contamination Timeline

 

George AFB Family Housing – Pesticides Levels

In 2002, aldrin, chlordane, DDT, dieldrin, endrin, heptachlor, and lindane were detected in the surface soil at the George AFB Family Housing. On 1 October 2007, the levels of these persistent organochlorine pesticides and their breakdown products were so high that the Air Force banned the property and housing for residential use.

1998

In the Public Health Assessment for George Air Force Base the ATSDR made the following statements:

ATSDR did not identify any completed exposure pathways from George AFB to children at nearby schools or residential areas.” Page 27

Soil at George AFB does not represent an apparent past public health hazard and does not represent a present or future public health hazard.” Page 28

Extracted - Soil No CEP Children Housing / Schools - George AFB PHA (PDF - 204 KB)

2002

The Air Force knew that the surface soil under and around the George AFB Family Housing was contaminated with hazardous levels of chlordane and other organochlorine pesticides (“OCPs”)

aldrin at 16, 700 μg/kg – 576 x PRG – Sample Depth (ft. bgs): 0.3-0.8
dieldrin at 15,000 μg/kg – 500 x PRG – Sample Depth (ft. bgs): 0.3-0.8
chlordane at 24,100 μg/kg – 15 x PRG – Sample Depth (ft. bgs): 0.5-1
μg/kg: concentrations of chemicals in soil measured in units of the mass of chemical (micrograms, μg) per mass of soil (kilogram, kg)
PRG: residential preliminary remediation goal
ft. bgs: feet below ground surface

George AFB Housing Pesticide Testing - Highest Results Sample Depth (PDF – 95KB)

Extracted Pages AR1773 - George AFB Housing Pesticides Soil (PDF – 147 KB)

2004 – U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Chlordane Contamination

a. What is Chlordane?
Chlordane was a registered use pesticide applied from around 1948 until 1988. Its primary use was for termite control, but other known uses include application to prevent nesting of fire ants around power transformers; as a herbicide to control weeds in turf; and to control insects on lawns, gardens, and food crops (such as corn). So there are potentially many areas on DoD property, including family housing units, where chlordane may be found as a result of lawful application.

b. How Was Chlordane Used?
High concentrations of chlordane may be found around military housing as a result of lawful application for termite control. To control termites, the chlordane was initially applied to soil prior to construction beneath building foundations. Then it was PWTB 200-1-31 DoD’s pest management practice to routinely reapply chlordane every three to five years thereafter by methods such as treating the perimeter of the foundation by spraying with a rod inserted into the soil, by applying via a small trench dug along the foundation, or by injecting the chlordane through holes drilled in flooring at the periphery of walls. Thus relatively high concentrations of chlordane may have accumulated in these areas over time.

2004-09-30 ACE - Guidance for Addressing Chlordane Contamination at DOD Sites.pdf

2005

Within the housing area of Former George Air Force Base the pesticides Aldrin and Dieldrin were used to control termites. In 2002 the soil in this area was tested for Organochloride Pesticides and in several locations elevated levels of Aldrin and Dieldrin were detected. In 2005 the Air Force advised the City [of Victorville] that these levels of pesticides may present a danger to human health if soils are inhaled, ingested, or contacted by skin.

SCLA Soil Testing Project CC12-041 (PDF - 709 KB)

2007

On 1 October 2007, the Air Force placed the following conditional use clause in the George AFB Family Housing quitclaim deed:

“Grantee covenants and agrees that it will not use, or allow others to use, the Property for residential purposes (including mobile or modular homes), hospitals for human care, public or private schools for persons under 18 years of age, nursery schools, or day care centers for children.”

Quitclaim Deed George AFB Family Housing (PDF - 510 KB)

2014 

On 14 April 2014, Terri K Crooks won her VA C&P Claim for service connected injury for her exposure to chlordane and other organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) used at George Air Force Base Family Housing and barracks.

“You have submitted new and material evidence to reopen this claim. While not specifically diagnosed during active military service, we have received objective medical evidence from Dr. xxxx linking your condition to symptoms treated while on active duty as we as probable exposure to toxic chemicals. Dr. xxxx provided that after reviewing your service medical records and substantiating documents regarding toxic chemicals used at George Air Force Base, it was his opinion that your condition was at least as likely as not caused by your military service.”   …

“… Service connection for bilateral mastectomy, residual of breast cancer has been established as directly related to military service. While not specifically diagnosed during active military service, we have received objective medical evidence from Dr. xxxx linking your condition to symptoms treated while on active duty as well as pro a e exposure to toxic chemicals. Dr. xxxx, provided that after reviewing your service medical records and substantiating documents regarding toxic chemicals used at George Air Force Base, it was his opinion that your condition was at least as likely as not caused by your military service. Your service records confirm your service at George Air Force Base during your period of active military service. There is no objective medical evidence showing that your condition was not caused by your military service. …”

2004-04-22 Terri K Crooks VA C&P Claim George AFB Redacted.pdf

George AFB Schools – Organochlorine Pesticides (“OCPs”) Contamination

On 19 December 2014, the Lahontan Regional Water Quality Control Board (LRWQCB) issued a Land Use Controls Violation to the Air Force. This violation letter addresses the fact that the Air Force did NOT test the schools for dieldrin before the property was transferred to the Adelanto Unified School District and the Air Force ALLOWED the school to reopen WITHOUT testing for contamination from any of the organochlorine pesticides (“OCPs”).

“Concern Regarding George AFB Schools
Another concern related to dieldrin soil contamination is the presence of schools located adjacent to the former housing area; namely, the former George AFB Elementary School and George Junior High (Middle) School. These schools were apparently built during the same time period as the housing units and similar construction procedures may have been followed, including the possible application of pesticides for termite control. These schools were transferred to the Adelanto Unified School District in 1994. The former elementary school is now operated as an adult educational facility called Taylion High Desert Academy. The former middle school is now leased by Adelanto Unified School District to Excelsior Charter School (grades 7-12). Apparently, the soils at these schools have not been tested for dieldrin.

2014-12-19 LRWQCB Dieldrin Land Use Controls Violation GAFB OT-071 .pdf

2016

As of 17 January 2016, the Air Force has failed to notify the former base personnel, their families, civilian employees, and the surrounding community of their exposure to potentially life-threatening environmental contamination at George AFB’s Family Housing.

George AFB Family Housing – CERCLA §120(h) Deed Restrictions – Chlordane and other organochlorine pesticides (“OCPs”)

The Army and Air Force used the chlordane and other organochlorine pesticides (“OCPs”) to protect buildings (pre-1988) against ground termites and other pests at George AFB including the Base Schools, Family Housing, Barracks, and Dorms.

  • The DOD and the Air Force failed to test for these organochlorine pesticides except at the Base Family Housing Units.
  • The DOD and the Air Force failed to disclose the widespread use of these organochlorine pesticides in the CERCLA §120(h) Deed Restrictions as required by law except for at the Base Family Housing Units.
  • The DOD and the Air Force failed to test the soils at the former George AFB Elementary School and George Junior High (Middle) School for dieldrin.
  • The DOD and the Air Force failed to disclose that dangerous levels of aldrin and chlordane were present at the Base Family Housing Units in the CERCLA §120(h) Deed Restrictions as required by law.
  • The DOD and the Air Force failed to disclose the widespread use of these organochlorine pesticides to the ATSDR for its 1998 Public Health Assessment for George AFB. When the ATSDR concluded that there were no completed exposure pathways, the DOD and the Air Force did not correct the ATSDR during the  Peer Review / Public Comments period or after the Public Health Assessment for George AFB was published in 1998.

See: George AFB’s Housing and George AFB’s Schools

Quitclaim Deed George AFB Family Housing:

  • Sale Price: $718,685.00
  • Transferred the responsibility and liability for the contamination from the Air Force to the Southern California Logistics Airport Authority (local taxpayers)
  • CERCLA §120(h) Deed Restrictions – Family Housing
  • Pesticide contamination soil and groundwater  – Dieldrin or other possible pesticide-related constituents (“Pesticides”)

George AFB Family Housing – Quitclaim Deed 

II. CONSIDERATION AND CONVEYANCE

WITNESSETH, THAT in consideration of the sum of SEVEN HUNDRED EIGHTEEN THOUSAND SIX HUNDRED EIGHTY FIVE DOLLARS ($718,685.00), and other good and valuable consideration, the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, the Grantor does hereby release and forever quitclaim to the Grantee all that real property …
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VI. CONDITION

B. The Grantee acknowledges that it has inspected, is aware of, and accepts the condition and state of repair of the Property, and that the Property is conveyed, “as is,” “where is,” without any representation, promise, agreement, or warranty on the part of the Grantor regarding such condition and state of repair, or regarding the making of any alterations, improvements, repairs, or additions. The Grantee further acknowledges that the Grantor shall not be liable for any latent or patent defects in the Property, except to the extent required by applicable law.
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VII.B. Environmental Restrictive Covenants.

(e) Grantee covenants and agrees that it will not use, or allow others to use, the Property for residential purposes (including mobile or modular homes), hospitals for human care, public or private schools for persons under 18 years of age, nursery schools, or day care centers for children.
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VIII. OTHER COVENANTS

  1. Pesticides. The Grantee is warned of the presence of Dieldrin or other possible pesticide-related constituents (“Pesticides”) on the Property in certain portions of the soil and in the upper aquifer of the groundwater, which may have resulted from past applications of pesticides. The Grantee is cautioned to use due care during use, occupancy, and Property development activities that may involve soils containing Pesticides. …
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Grantor: US Air Force
Grantee: Southern California Logistics Airport Authority

Quitclaim Deed George AFB Family Housing (PDF - 510 KB)

 

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2 Comments

    • I added a link to the 2004 Army Corps of Engineers report “Guidance for Addressing Chlordane Contamination at DOD Sites”. This report makes it clear that chlordane was so widely used that it is presumed present in structures built prior to 1988.

      For other environmental issues at George AFB please see the articles on the front page.

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