From the ATSDR’s Public Health Assessment for George AFB, dated December 1, 1998, Pages 28 – 29.
On the basis of available data, ATSDR concludes that exposure to contaminants in groundwater and soil at George AFB does not pose an apparent public health hazard.
“On-site and off-site groundwater do not represent a past, present, or future public health hazard. …
Soil at George AFB does not represent an apparent past public health hazard and does not represent a present or future public health hazard. …
Radiological contamination does not represent an apparent past public health hazard and does not represent a present or future public health hazard. …
… ATSDR concludes that the George AFB site should be assigned to the No Apparent Public Health Hazard category.”
The Department of Defense (DOD) deliberately misled the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), Congress, and the American people about the hazardous substances at George Air Force Base and the Completed Exposure Pathways (CEP) that these provided.
The ATSDR relied on the DOD to supply ATSDR with the relevant documents and information for the Health Assessment for George AFB). Because the DOD did NOT supply the relevant documents and information to the ATSDR, the ATSDR did not fully understand the nature and extent of the contamination, locations of the Installation Restoration Program (IRP) sites, hydrology (direction of the groundwater flow, north-east), and the location of the water supply wells for George AFB, Adelanto, private homes, and the former Victor Valley Country Club.
The DOD knew that the ATSDR came to a flawed conclusion in their 1 December 1998 report “Public Health Assessment for George AFB,” section “Evaluation of Potential Public Health Hazards at George Air Force Base” and Exposure Pathways at George Air Force Base.
Because the DOD did not correct the ATSDR during the Peer Review / Public Comments period or after the report was published in 1998, the Department of Defense (DOD) lied by omission.
George Air Force Base’s Complete Exposure Pathways (CEP) are discussed here:
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 inhaled, ingested, or contacted by skin.”
George Air Force Base had over a dozen of open-air burn pits and two old style incinerators (without an air scrubber to remove toxic chemicals). The known carcinogens and respiratory sensitizers that were released into the atmosphere by the burn pits and incinerators present both acute and chronic health hazards to civilians, and military personnel and their family members.
FEB 1989 – “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
A Preliminary Review of Environmental Requirements and Concerns Based on the Proposed Closure of George Air Force Base, California, http://www.dtic.mil/get-tr-doc/pdf?AD=ADA269023
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 [LBP] paint. In addition, some facilities constructed immediately after the ban may also contain LBP, because the inventories of these paints that were in the supply network were likely to have been used up at these facilities.
In 2016, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Radiologic Health Branch investigated the radiological decontamination centers at George AFB. According to the following documents, (Vera , 2015) (Vera , 2016) (Headquarters Field Command, Armed Force Speical Weapons Project, March ‐ June 1953), there were several instances where aircraft had flown around and through surface nuclear weapons testing zones for imagery and sample collection, and then returned back to George Air Force base for decontamination. We could not find any documentary evidence that any airplane decontamination site on the base was addressed in the GAFB remediation administrative record.
The SEDA is physically located about a ¼ mile upstream of the Drinking Water Supply Wells for George AFB, Adelanto, CA, several homes, and the former Victor Valley Country Club. The Southeast Disposal Area (SEDA) had 11 Installation Restoration Program (IRP) sites (unpermitted dump-sites and unpermitted burn pits) containing: Avgas, VOCs and weapons’ residue; industrial, chemicals, heavy metals, and radioactive wastes.
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. The effluent (outflow) from the sewage treatment plant’s percolation ponds containing this toxic cocktail was used to irrigate the golf course (a.k.a. S-12, OT-22) from 1965 to 1 December 1981. The golf course is within 500 feet to a ¼ mile adjacent/upstream of the cluster of high volume production wells for George AFB and Adelanto, and smaller wells for private homes, and the former Victor Valley Country Club.
Completed exposure pathway:
A pathway of exposure is considered completed when all five elements are present. A completed pathway connects the source of the material to people.
- Exposure point
- Exposure route
Will exposure from a completed pathway affect my health?
Whether or not a person experiences health effects from exposure to materials in the environment depends on a combination of several site-specific factors including.
- Kind of material released
- Amount of material available at the exposure point
- Physical and chemical form of the material
- Environmental conditions
- Length of exposure time