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) Deed Restrictions, we now know that there were numerous Potential Exposure Pathways to the George AFB personnel, their families, civilian employees, and the surrounding community. The contaminated buildings, soil, air, upper and lower aquifers (these contaminated aquifers were the source for municipal and domestic drinking water supply wells for George AFB, Adelanto, several homes, and the Victor Valley Country Club) provided the Completed Exposure Pathways.
See: George AFB’s Organochlorine Pesticides Contamination
Over one hundred thousand people may have been exposed to hazardous chemicals at the former George Air Force Base, CA, “EPA Superfund ID: CA2570024453″ and surrounding community. This number includes the number of people who work or live at the property.
After George AFB had closed, the majority of the property was transferred to the Southern California Logistics Airport Authority (SCLAA) and Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). SCLAA’s Global Access Victorville is now the home to more than more than 100 companies, and the Bureau of Prisons’ Victorville Federal Correctional Complex has three prisons: the Federal Correctional Institution FCI Victorville Medium I, FCI Victorville Medium II, and the United States Penitentiary, Victorville.
Hundreds, possibly thousands, of people, including children, are sick, dying, or dead after exposure to the extremely toxic contamination at George AFB. We desperately need the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) to conduct a New Public Health Assessment for George AFB and the surrounding community so that we can get medical care for friends and families, and help bring closure for those who lost their loved ones.