ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING DOCUMENTS; PUBLISHED HEALTH SCIENCES; AND SICK VETERANS MAKE FORT MCCLELLAN’S STORY
Newly Uncovered Cold War Era Military Experiment File Establishes Former Fort McClellan, Alabama, as PROJECT 112 Test Site
ANNISTON, ALABAMA, USA, Jan. 8, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ – An organized group of medical patients from military service at the former military base known as Fort McClellan, Alabama, have been working for several years now to establish their VA disability benefits based on the evolution of the compiled source documents they hold to prove their case. The Fort McClellan Veterans Stakeholders Group has a Facebook report page titled Toxic Exposure Army Veterans of Fort McClellan. Their cause is to obtain hospital treatment and disability benefits for their military service at the former army base, which was only recently identified as a former site of environmental contamination. A variety of elements eventually came together which form the premise of their cause.
Locations of the contamination zones that were not on the base, but which were designated by the Environmental Protection Agency as Superfund sites in places where soldiers had passed frequently, included the former Monsanto chemical plant in the city center. Anniston, Alabama and at another site about five miles down. the road known as the Anniston Army Depot. Aside from Monsanto’s aroclor PCB area, there was a separate EPA statement of a metallic lead area in the same downtown Anniston.
On the neighboring Pelham Range property of Fort McClellan, there was a remedial clean-up project commissioned by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Environmental Protection Agency jointly for atomic and radiological toxic spill sites. But the story of the Fort McClellan contamination site itself has been a bit more complicated. The reason for so many toxic spill sites and different contaminants has not really become clear to veterans until recent years. They meticulously compiled thousands of pages of environmental engineering reports, defense contractor reports, CBRNE military experiments, and field test reports, along with a short list of toxicity sciences. “Overhauls” that have changed over the years since the first toxic sources were released at Fort McClellan. The soldiers stationed there between the 1950s and 1998 are concerned about the mountain of evidence they so impressively recovered.
In recent days, the veterans group feels like they’ve reached the end of their paper search after finding victorious a declassified Fort McClellan archive at Dugway Proving Ground in Utah. The records firmly establish the former Fort McClellan base as the secret test site for a dubious military mission known as PROJECT 112 which largely took place from 1961 to 1965. The Dugway file is currently copyrighted copyright of the Army and may not be published here. The PROJECT 112 articles are important because they show the early formative years of several toxic spill sites that remained active until 1991. At that time, the US Army Corps of Engineers finally declared the sites toxic and required environmental cleaning actions to be started. Corrective clean-up actions came and went over the years at McClellan before it was shut down by the BRAC in 1998. But to this day, the veterans stationed there have never been told of their exposure to the contaminants. Most of the sites contained airways or contaminated soil. The VA does not have the capacity to do the job of screening patients for environmental exposures to combinations and mixtures of toxic sources.
There were other usual and typical toxic sources found at McClellan, such as friable asbestos contamination inside their residential barracks buildings, as well as large amounts of pesticides and herbicides that were used. in the landscape. The use of Agent Orange has also been confirmed by military engineering documents for Fort McClellan. Then, toxicity science revisions for some other spill sources have been made over the years for Oil Mist Smoke Generators, CS Riot Gas, and Germ Spore Spray Mist Machine. of bacteria bacilli through the base by Fort Detrick, MD. All of this is widely known to the Department of Defense, but no one has come to the aid of sick veterans to aid them in their case for VA health benefits.
The veterans group has successfully filed a petition request for a national cumulative health risk assessment to ATSDR in Atlanta, Ga., To assess and identify their exposures to combinations and mixtures. from their service at Fort McClellan. The petition was filed on June 11, 2021 and was accepted by letter from the agency. The petition is still under review and veterans expect a decision to be made at any time throughout the New Year. Although the Department of Veterans Affairs is aware of the efforts of the veterans group, the agency has been uncooperative and threatening to their cause so far. Veterans have shifted their hopes of an expert scientific review to alternative agencies in the US Department of Health and Human Services, instead of VA. When the results and conclusions are finally drawn, the veterans plan to return to the VA with the experts’ new findings in hand.