U.S. Military Is World’s Biggest Polluter

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U.S. Military Is World’s Biggest Polluter

Postby MacCruiskeen » Fri Jun 02, 2017 8:16 am

Trump (did I mention Trump yet?) did not cause this, and the brave struggle to achieve a President Pence or a President Hillary in his place is not going to change it.

U.S. Military Is World’s Biggest Polluter

By Whitney Webb

15 May 2017

https://www.ecowatch.com/military-large ... 60609.html

Last week, mainstream media outlets gave minimal attention to the news that the U.S. Naval station in Virginia Beach had spilled an estimated 94,000 gallons of jet fuel into a nearby waterway, less than a mile from the Atlantic Ocean.

While the incident was by no means as catastrophic as some other pipeline spills, it underscores an important yet little-known fact—that the U.S. Department of Defense is both the nation's and the world's, largest polluter.

Producing more hazardous waste than the five largest U.S. chemical companies combined, the U.S. Department of Defense has left its toxic legacy throughout the world in the form of depleted uranium, oil, jet fuel, pesticides, defoliants like Agent Orange and lead, among others.

In 2014, the former head of the Pentagon's environmental program told Newsweek that her office has to contend with 39,000 contaminated areas spread across 19 million acres just in the U.S. alone.

U.S. military bases, both domestic and foreign, consistently rank among some of the most polluted places in the world, as perchlorate and other components of jet and rocket fuel contaminate sources of drinking water, aquifers and soil. Hundreds of military bases can be found on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) list of Superfund sites, which qualify for clean-up grants from the government.

Almost 900 of the nearly 1,200 Superfund sites in the U.S. are abandoned military facilities or sites that otherwise support military needs, not counting the military bases themselves.

"Almost every military site in this country is seriously contaminated," John D. Dingell, a retired Michigan congressman and war veteran, told Newsweek in 2014. Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina is one such base. Lejeune's contamination became widespread and even deadly after its groundwater was polluted with a sizable amount of carcinogens from 1953 to 1987.

However, it was not until this February that the government allowed those exposed to chemicals at Lejeune to make official compensation claims. Numerous bases abroad have also contaminated local drinking water supplies, most famously the Kadena Air Force Base in Okinawa.

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Between 1946 and 1958, the U.S. tested 66 nuclear weapons near Bikini atoll. Populations living nearby in the Marshall Islands were exposed to measurable levels of radioactive fallout from these tests. National Cancer Institute

In addition, the U.S., which has conducted more nuclear weapons tests than all other nations combined, is also responsible for the massive amount of radiation that continues to contaminate many islands in the Pacific Ocean. The Marshall Islands, where the U.S. dropped more than sixty nuclear weapons between 1946 and 1958, are a particularly notable example. Inhabitants of the Marshall Islands and nearby Guam continue to experience an exceedingly high rate of cancer.

The American Southwest was also the site of numerous nuclear weapons tests that contaminated large swaths of land. Navajo Indian reservations have been polluted by long-abandoned uranium mines where nuclear material was obtained by U.S. military contractors.

One of the most recent testaments to the U.S. military's horrendous environmental record is Iraq. U.S. military action there has resulted in the desertification of 90 percent of Iraqi territory, crippling the country's agricultural industry and forcing it to import more than 80 percent of its food. The U.S.' use of depleted uranium in Iraq during the Gulf War also caused a massive environmental burden for Iraqis. In addition, the U.S. military's policy of using open-air burn pits to dispose of waste from the 2003 invasion has caused a surge in cancer among U.S. servicemen and Iraqi civilians alike.

While the U.S. military's past environmental record suggests that its current policies are not sustainable, this has by no means dissuaded the U.S. military from openly planning future contamination of the environment through misguided waste disposal efforts. Last November, the U.S. Navy announced its plan to release 20,000 tons of environmental "stressors," including heavy metals and explosives, into the coastal waters of the U.S. Pacific Northwest over the course of this year.

The plan, laid out in the Navy's Northwest Training and Testing Environmental Impact Statement, fails to mention that these "stressors" are described by the EPA as known hazards, many of which are highly toxic at both acute and chronic levels.

The 20,000 tons of "stressors" mentioned in the Environmental Impact Statement do not account for the additional 4.7 to 14 tons of "metals with potential toxicity" that the Navy plans to release annually, from now on, into inland waters along the Puget Sound in Washington state.

In response to concerns about these plans, a Navy spokeswoman said that heavy metals and even depleted uranium are no more dangerous than any other metal, a statement that represents a clear rejection of scientific fact. It seems that the very U.S. military operations meant to "keep Americans safe" come at a higher cost than most people realize—a cost that will be felt for generations to come both within the U.S. and abroad.
Reposted with permission from our media associate MintPress News.

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Re: U.S. Military Is World’s Biggest Polluter

Postby Harvey » Fri Jun 02, 2017 8:19 am

MacCruiskeen » Fri Jun 02, 2017 1:16 pm wrote:Carry on regardless.


They will.
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Re: U.S. Military Is World’s Biggest Polluter

Postby MacCruiskeen » Fri Jun 02, 2017 9:03 am

Yep. They're still longing for war with Russia and they still mean to get it. The media will call it "The War on Pollution". (Big polluter, Russia. Must be stopped, by any means necessary.) All that dirty oil, yeuch.

A hologram of Anderson Cooper will report live from Red Square as those cleansing smart bombs hit the Kremlin, with pinpoint accuracy to ensure there are no civilian casualties. It's gonna be beautiful.





What's not to like? Putin has it coming. He hacked our election, dammit.
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Re: U.S. Military Is World’s Biggest Polluter

Postby seemslikeadream » Fri Jun 02, 2017 9:36 am

no shit Inspector Clouseau ....this is breaking news?...I thought everyone already knew this

SLaD posting about U.S. military pollution for a very long time

Breaking the Nuremberg Code: The US Military’s Human-Testing Program Returns
Fri Mar-21-08 11:55 AM

https://www.democraticunderground.com/d ... 125x198408


Navy Admits Release Chemicals Known to Injure Infant Brains
Monday, 17 October 2016
http://www.rigorousintuition.ca/board2/ ... 7&p=615124


I'll post more examples later on

don't you dare lecture me about military pollution I have family members DYING because of U. S. military pollution...I know quite fucking a lot about military pollution...it's personal and I am living it every single fucking day
Mazars and Deutsche Bank could have ended this nightmare before it started.
They could still get him out of office.
But instead, they want mass death.
Don’t forget that.
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Re: U.S. Military Is World’s Biggest Polluter

Postby Harvey » Fri Jun 02, 2017 9:41 am

seemslikeadream » Fri Jun 02, 2017 2:36 pm wrote:no shit Inspector Clouseau ....this is breaking news?...I thought everyone already knew this

SLaD posting about U.S. military pollution for a very long time

Breaking the Nuremberg Code: The US Military’s Human-Testing Program Returns
Fri Mar-21-08 11:55 AM

https://www.democraticunderground.com/d ... 125x198408


Navy Admits Release Chemicals Known to Injure Infant Brains
Monday, 17 October 2016
viewtopic.php?t=40107&p=615124


I'll post more examples later on

don't you dare lecture me about military pollution I have family members DYING because of U. S. military pollution...I know quite fucking a lot about military pollution


And yet you continue to do their work for them by insisting Trump/Russia. This new axis of evil any less illusory than the last one?
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Re: U.S. Military Is World’s Biggest Polluter

Postby seemslikeadream » Fri Jun 02, 2017 9:45 am

trump is in bed with the Russian Mob and is a traitor ..I am not going to ignore that

trump is a danger to the whole world and I am not going to ignore that


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Cancer in Iraq vets raises possibility of toxic exposure
https://www.democraticunderground.com/d ... 89x1669355
Mazars and Deutsche Bank could have ended this nightmare before it started.
They could still get him out of office.
But instead, they want mass death.
Don’t forget that.
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Re: U.S. Military Is World’s Biggest Polluter

Postby Harvey » Fri Jun 02, 2017 10:06 am

seemslikeadream » Fri Jun 02, 2017 2:45 pm wrote:trump is in bed with the Russian Mob and is a traitor ..I am not going to ignore that

trump is a danger to the whole world and I am not going to ignore that


seemslikeadream
Sun Aug-26-07 09:42 PM
Original message
Cancer in Iraq vets raises possibility of toxic exposure
https://www.democraticunderground.com/d ... 89x1669355



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Re: U.S. Military Is World’s Biggest Polluter

Postby seemslikeadream » Fri Jun 02, 2017 10:08 am

what fucking bedfellows are you accusing me of sleeping with ...god go back to your old ladies gossip club...I read Jeff's Facebook too :roll:
Mazars and Deutsche Bank could have ended this nightmare before it started.
They could still get him out of office.
But instead, they want mass death.
Don’t forget that.
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