Related — Immigrant children in U.S. detention camps could face yet another health hazard: contaminated water
“Washington, DC, June 26, 2018 – Per Donald Trump’s orders, the Department of Defense is scouting military sites to detain migrant children separated from their parents as a result of the administration’s ‘Zero Tolerance’ policy. However, several of the potential sites are contaminated with chemicals in the Perfluoroalkyl family (PFAS), as revealed by a report that was delayed for six months by the Trump Administration and Scott Pruitt’s EPA for fear of a ‘public relations nightmare,’ according to the New Republic. This recently-released report from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) identified the chemical’s dangerous effects on humans, with exposure linked to kidney and testicular cancer and thyroid disease. According to epidemiology research, children are particularly vulnerable to PFAS chemicals. Children exposed to low levels of PFAS have impaired immune systems and poorer response to childhood vaccinations.
Below is a list of several of the sites confirmed to be considered as detention sites for migrant children AND confirmed to be contaminated by PFAS chemicals…
Dyess Air Force Base – Abilene, Texas
Internal emails to Pentagon staffers confirmed that Dyess AFB was being considered as a detention center for migrant children. According to data from the Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UMCR), this site tested positive for multiple water contaminants.
Marine Corps Air Station – Yuma, Arizona
A Navy internal memo confirmed that Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Arizona was being studied as a possible site. Pentagon data released in 2017 found contaminated water at the Yuma site as well.
Camp Pendleton – Camp Pendleton South, California
The internal memo also identified Camp Pendleton as a potential tent city site, cited in Pentagon records as having contaminated drinking water systems.
Concord Naval Weapons Station – Concord, California
The Pentagon also pinned Concord Naval Weapons Station as a potential site, labeled a ‘superfund site’ due to numerous hazardous chemicals and potentially bombs in the area, according to the EPA.
Navy Outlying Field Silverhill – Baldwin County, Alabama
Another site being considered, Navy Outlying Field Silverhill, is stationed in Baldwin County, Alabama, where groundwater contamination was found by pollution watchdog organization Scorecard, while Pentagon data and the UMCR found PFAS-contaminated water just one county over in Escambia County, Florida.”
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