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Satellite Beach & South Patrick Shores Environmental Health Investigation

Fight For Zero's 32937 Environmental Health Investigation:

Fight For Zero's executive director, Stel Bailey, became committed to environmental health issues after her family faced one cancer diagnosis after another in 2013. This experience gave her a passionate voice in ensuring families know about the environmental risks they have faced for decades. She began crowdsourcing cancer and autoimmune data in 2014 which lead to a collaboration with an Oncologist and was able to get the Brevard Cancer Assessment in 2019 that showed elevated cancer rates in two zip codes. 

Since the Department of Defense drinking water report came out in 2018 our grassroots organization, Fight For Zero, spent a substantial amount of time working on community outreach, increased awareness, mapping diseases, independent testing, collaborating with universities and experts, attending workshops, creating resources and educating state leaders on the dangers of PFAS chemicals. 

Through our research, we found that pollution not only happened at and around Patrick Air Force Base but also at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and the Kennedy Space Center. Some of the activities dating back to the '60s could have lead to contamination to groundwater, soil, air, and drinking water. There are concerns that these actions led to cancer cases and other health issues such as ALS and autoimmune diseases near these areas. 

Without extensive testing, collaboration with city leaders, or the help of experts these concerns can never be fully addressed. Fight For Zero is committed to evaluating these issues by using science, collaborating with leaders and experts, educating the communities affected, and presenting reasonable solutions. This involves working with other groups, state elected officials, the EPA, FDEP, the Department of Health, and many others. 

As we gather relevant information both historical and current it will be posted on our Fight For Zero blog. If you have any questions or would like to learn more, please call Fight For Zero at 321-351-8331. 

In the 1990s, there were 40 cases of Hodgkin’s lymphoma and other rare cancers among Satellite High School graduates. 

Archived Newspaper

The health department determined a “virus caused the cancers.”

Archived Newspaper

Through independent crowdsourcing efforts, we were able to collect nearly 800 cancer cases between South Patrick Shores and Satellite Beach, spanning three decades.

Cancer Cluster mapping for Fight For Zero, Inc prepared by DP GeoTech

Our grassroots organization, Fight For Zero, found a DoD report in 2018 that showed 4.3 million parts per trillion of PFAS chemicals in the on-base wells. The EPA safety limit is 70 ppt. These chemicals are in firefighting foam.

2018 DoD Report

Fight For Zero pressured elected officials to do comprehensive testing for PFAS at the beginning of 2018. Through county and local city testing, they discovered that these PFAS (forever) chemicals were in shallow well water along with elevated levels of strontium in Satellite Beach. PFOA and PFOS chemicals were found throughout Brevard County.

Thankfully, we do not drink well water now, but we have significant infrastructure issues, and every time there is a main break, those forever chemicals can get into your drinking water. Environmentally caused cancers can take 15-20 years to show up which makes finding a cause difficult.

There is a proposal for federal funding to provide every home in Satellite Beach and Cocoa Beach with water filters

Other tests done at 13 beachside schools showed PFBA in schools drinking water, a chemical in the PFAS family.

Test Results

South Patrick Shores was built on top of a military dump, and we successfully got a FUDS preliminary assessment which can be found here:

Photo by Fight For Zero, Inc

We also know there were five unlined landfills on the base at one time, and a trench that went from a landfill on base and ended at the high school.

Most of the pollution seems to come from the 70-90’s era where other chemicals such as pesticides were heavily used in the area, and other toxins were dumped into the waterways. 

Archived Newspaper

There is a Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) that meets every three months and goes over the remediation happening at PAFB, CCAFS, and NASA. 

Click Here to view RAB Minutes

If you are military we suggest investing in a water filter system that you can move with you because many bases have contamination issues.

The ingestion of harmful chemicals builds up in the body over time, causing health effects. Children are especially at risk of a range of diseases because they are likely to have higher exposure to drinking water contaminants.

Fight For Zero Posts:

Air Force Veteran Testifies on Impact of PFAS at PAFB 

Cancer Rates Higher in Brevard County

How Florida's Drinking Water is Easily Contaminated 

Letter to ATSDR Requesting Investigation

What Lies Beneath South Patrick Shores, Florida 

Health Concerns in Brevard County: 

Brevard County Cancer Assessment Report here  

Cancer Statistics Review 1975 - 2005

Chemical Contaminants and Human Disease
Disease Clusters in Florida

Florida Cancer Data System 

Handout from Dr. Julie 2018 Community Meeting  

Presentation from Dr. Julie Greewalt 2018 Community Meeting

South Patrick Shores Dump & Cancer Heat Map


2018 Brevard County School Drinking Water Test Report 

2019 Patrick Air Force Base Water Quality Report 

About Drinking Water Systems

Drinking-Water Contaminants 

NRDC - Florida Drinking Water Ranked the Worst

Brevard County Groundwater Testing

City of Satellite Beach Groundwater Testing

City of Cocoa Beach Groundwater Testing

South Patrick Shores Groundwater Testing

South Patrick Shores Historical Documents: 

1986 Drum Disposal Area Report 

1988 Restoration Program Phase II

1989 EPA Site Inspection Report 

1989 EPA Conditional Approval 

1989 Final RFA Reports 

1991 Site Analysis South Patrick Shores 

1991 South Patrick Shores Epic Study

1991 South Patrick Shores CERCLA Preliminary Assessment 

1991 CERCLA Report Part 1 

1991 CERCLA Report Part 2

1991 Surface Soil Test Results 

1992 EPA Final South Patrick Shores Report 

1992 EPA Remedial Investigation 

1992 Letter Mario E. Villamarzo 

1995 Human Health Risk Assessment 

1995 Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) Minutes

South Patrick Shores Historical Archived Newspapers: 

Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS) Cluster Investigations 

South Patrick Shores Evidence of Military Dumping 

South Patrick Shores FUDS Off Base Disposal Area: 

1943- 1951 Historical Aerial Photographs 

1991 Inventory Project Report

1991 FUDS Findings and Determination

2002 Memo to Reassess FUDS Determination 

BRNA Taking of Land 

2019 FUDS Public Presentation 

2019 FUDS Questions and Answers

2019 FUDS More Questions and Answers  

2019 FUDS Summary Fact Sheet

Map South Patrick Shores Buried Military Artifacts with Trench 

Map Military Dumping and Trench 

Military Waste Site Evidence Collected by Fight For Zero

South Patrick Shores Cancer Heat Map

Emails with Patrick Air Force Base:

Irrigation Water and Homegrown Produce 

Joking About Erin Brockovich Coming to Town 

Patrick AFB Declining to Meet with Oncologist or Community

The DoD Report is wrong by Col Kevin Williams 

Air Force Base Documents:

Map AFFF Release Areas on Patrick AFB 

1995 Executive Order Pollution Prevention

2000 Letter to National Toxicology Panel on TCE 

2019 FDEP Barium Detection 

PFOA/PFOS Information: 

1976 Department of the Navy AFFF Release Study 

2017 Site Inspection Report for Patrick Air Force Base

2017 AFFF Report to Congress 

2018 Leaked EPA Email 

2018 Department of Defense Report

PFAS and Drinking Water ASDWA

Health Effect of PFAS 

Diseases Linked to PFOA Exposure 

PFAS Regulatory Level Comparisons  

Setting State Limits

PFAS Bills in Florida:

HB 1427 / SB 1720: Requires the state to develop Maximum Contaminant Levels for PFAS and other chemicals in drinking water.

HB 5001: Appropriates $1 million to assist homeowners with private well water contaminated with PFOA and/or PFOA.

Other Documents:

2007 Fifty Largest RCRA Hazardous Waste Generators

Brevard County not Testing for Contaminants Correctly

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