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Rep. Daniel Kildee(D), one of the leaders of the bipartisan group to stop military water contamination

The Michigan News reports that Representatives from both sides of the aisle signed a letter to the White House on August 1, demanding a faster resolution to the issue of military bases contaminating local water supplies. The letter stated that the Defense Department has been “slow to provide safe drinking water to those areas with contaminated water”.

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Truthout has done an outstanding job of reporting the military expansion taking place in the Northwest, largely through the efforts of staff reporter, Dahr Jamail. The most recent article is posted below, though you can see the original at the Truthout website.

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Patty Murray - Mattis - Water Contamination

Last week, Senator Patty Murray brought up groundwater contamination in WA to United States Secretary of Defense Mattis during a Senate hearing:

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Navy Foam - PFOA -PFOS - Water Contamination

Navy Foam - PFOA -PFOS - Water Contamination

Navy personnel load containers of firefighting foam on containers labeled National Foam onto the USS Monterey. -photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Billy Ho

 

The PFOS/PFOA water contamination, largely by the US military, is widespread. The more information that comes out, the more we find that this was preventable, and it is nearly everywhere.

The Bucks County Courier Times in Pennsylvania has been keeping up on this issue with sophisticated and detailed reporting, largely due to the skilled efforts of reporter Kyle Bagenstose. You can read all their articles on the subject HERE under the series title “Unwell Water”, and they are only just getting started.

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Delaware Riverkeeper Network Petitions To Set PFOA Standards

The Delaware Riverkeeper Network is petitioning Pennsylvania regulators to set a safe drinking water limit for the toxic chemical called perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA).

Currently, it’s unregulated in Pennsylvania beyond a modest EPA advisory limit.

The world is waking up to the dangers of PFOAs. Citizens in America have to demand that their health be protected from these harmful chemicals, as otherwise it appears absolutely nothing will be done.

This is beyond party politics and about the literal health of our nation.

 

The full article can be found here:

http://www.theintell.com/news/horsham-pfos/delaware-riverkeeper-network-petitions-pennsylvania-to-set-pfoa-standard/article_167c8bbe-3596-11e7-8dbb-6b9504cb6ed9.html

 

The full petition by the Delaware Riverkeeper Network is here:

http://www.delawareriverkeeper.org/sites/default/files/Cover_letter_pet_att_combnd.webpdf.pdf

 

 

 

Here is an article by Crosscut about how the Navy contaminated Whidbey Island’s water sources and what is happening (or not happening) as more information about the scope of the damage is revealed. (continue reading…)

No war games in washington state parks

We are passing along this important notice from WEAN (Whidbey Environmental Action Network).

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Water Testing for Navy Contaminants on Whidbey Island

COER was sent this notice from Whidbey Water Keepers. This is a good idea – but hurry if you want to join! The deadline is this Friday.

 


Please respond by APRIL 14th to secure low cost water testing for your household.

Whidbey Water Keepers is organizing a coordinated water sampling opportunity for Central Whidbey residents. It is important that as many Central Whidbey residents as possible get their private wells tested to give our community a fuller understanding of the path and degree of water contamination.

Jennifer Miller at Vista Analytical Laboratory has offered us a discount on the $275 standard rate which includes testing for all 6 chemicals and a turn around time of 14 days. The discounted cost per household will be $245. This is one of the two labs that has been recommended to our community for their quality of testing. The chemicals they will test for are PFOS, PFOA, PFHxS, PFHpA, PFNA and PFBS. The latter 3 are critical in being able to demonstrate a link to the fire fighting retardant used by the Navy.  The Navy did not test for the 3 chemicals that would link them to the firefighting foam.

We need 14 households to submit water samples from their taps on the same day in order to qualify for this discount. If we do not get 14 households, then we will all submit separately and they will still turn around the test results to us individually in 2 weeks. We are working to secure funding to support households needing financial assistance; we will be sending a subsequent email on this.

Below are links to materials from Vista Analytical Laboratory and the one page information sheet on water sampling.

Thanks for getting back to us quickly!

Whidbey Water Keepers

CONTACT EMAIL: aharvey@antioch.edu

Vista Brochure

How to Have Your Water Independently Tested

PFAs Information Sheet

Kilmer Questions Navy Jet Training

Washington Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-6th District) sent off several letters requesting more information about the Navy’s plans concerning the Growler, and how it impacts the environment and his constituency.

In each of his letters, he began: “Given your agency’s mission, I request assistance in further understanding your recent and ongoing efforts impacting Washington’s Sixth Congressional District. Like many of my neighbors, I want my kids, and their kids to enjoy the pristine environment that I have been privileged to experience.”

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The Navy's Wrongheaded Approach to Whidbey Island Jets - Brian Cullin

According to Brian Cullin, who wrote an opinion piece for the Seattle Times today, the Navy is eventually going to have to figure out how to work with the local citizens instead of rolling over them. He says if it doesn’t, the Navy will inevitably “lose”.

Who is this Brian Cullin, and why does he think he knows anything about this subject?

He is a retired Navy captain who most recently served as a senior adviser at the State Department. In the ’90s he served as assistant White House press secretary in the Clinton Administration.

Here is his letter, below. The original publication with the Seattle Times can be seen here.

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