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ATSDR Petition Asking to Investigate a Health & Environmental Concern


Nov 13, 2018, 7:17 PM
To Whom It May Concern,

We are petitioning ATSDR to conduct a health and environmental study on Patrick AFB, Florida 32925.



Residents of South Patrick Shores living in a subdivision to the south of Patrick Air Force Base discovered military debris in their yards throughout the years. 

The first reports of debris were discovered in the 1950's by workers who reported vehicular batteries and barrels. The EPA conducted soil and groundwater sampling in November of 1991 after a high incident of cases of a rare cancer, Hodgkin's Lymphoma, made headlines. There were a total of 11 cases in the small beachside community and an additional 16 cases on the air force base making it a total of 27 cases of Hodgkin's Lymphoma Cancer. 

In the 1991 sample lead and aluminum were detected with elevated levels for several of the parameters analyzed when compared to the other wells sampled. Aluminum levels in the well were 2000-3000 times greater than levels detected in all other wells.

Patrick AFB has 21 active sites where military cleanup actions are still ongoing. In the past, drums have been unearthed and our fear is that they leached into groundwater. The groundwater discharged to ta ditch downgrading form the site which, in turn, discharges into the Banana River.

Patrick AFB has been inspected many times dating back to 1986 by the FDEP. On July 15 and 16, 2014 the facility was out of compliance with violations including: failure to properly identify hazardous wastes, exceeding limit of stored hazardous waste, failure to properly label container, improper storage of hazardous waste that exceeded toxicity limits for cadmium, management of hazardous waste without a permit and disposal of toxic warfarin trash to a local landfill.

State and federal experts told papers in the 90's that the South Patrick Shores neighborhood was built over an old military dump.

Through a grassroots crowdsourcing effort Florida Health Connection began to reveal a series of inexplicable illnesses - ALS, migraines, asthma, thyroid disease, and abnormally high rates of cancer in South Patrick Shores and Satellite Beach. The school, Satellite Beach High, has 54 graduates in the past decade diagnosed with rare cancers in their 20's. In otherwise healthy young people, an unbelievable rate of cancer exists. Multiple breast cancers, brain tumors, and blood cancers. Thus far, we have 543 crowdsourcing reports of illnesses in South Patrick Shores and Satellite Beach. Additionally, Cocoa Beach cases.

The beachside communities recently tested positive for PFOA and PFOS this past summer.

We have contacted local officials commissioners, senators, congressman, EPA, Universities, geologists and Erin Brockovich. After putting pressure on the EPA they recently agreed to reassess the area.

The area would be interested in having ATSDR's team of scientists, physicians, toxicologist and the members to work on this. 

Thank you for your consideration,

Florida Health Connection

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Nov 14, 2018, 6:26 AM
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