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Level 4 Lab Could Get the Ax: Tampa Foundation Warns U.S. Senators of First Priorities

TAMPA, FL (Thursday, June 1, 2017) - Tampa based Kristen Renee Foundation addresses U.S. Senators after a recent news article “Lab at Fort Detrick Faces Closing Under Proposed Federal Budget” (Frederick News Post).  https://www.fredericknewspost.com/news/politics_and_government/lab-at-fort-detrick-faces-closing-under-proposed-federal-budget/article_8fdc3d0d-856c-58f1-b995-7869630b6a67.html

Randy White founded the organization after losing his daughter Kristen Renee to brain cancer believed to have been caused by environmental contamination from Fort Detrick, while the public was unaware of the toxic releases:

“We are very sorry for the jobs that will be lost, and all the so-called good that Detrick has done, but they must first clean up the toxins that have already killed so many people through exposure, and compensate for the sicknesses and contaminated property. This site is on the National Priorities List (NPL) for good reason. It is one of the worst contaminated aquifers in the nation (per EPA document for the Revised National Priorities List Final Rule – Fort Detrick Area B Groundwater April 2009). In addition to cleaning up all of Area A & B, the people must understand that you are dealing with the deadliest toxins in the world. There are still 6 vials of anthrax unaccounted for (from 2009). https://www.wired.com/2009/04/ft-detricks-bug/amp/

“If just one mistake is made (as there have been before), these pathogens can kill hundreds of thousands of people and release an epidemic across this country. Then, the 180 jobs and school books will be peanuts compared to the potential exposure that could be spread across this nation. If some people want the Lab 4 in their back yard, let them first think what it would be like having their children die in their arms from the toxins that have already killed so many others, and see if the exchange is worth the cost!  Of the 2.717 people that we know of so far within 0-3 mile radius of Fort Detrick, 2,149 are deceased from cancer and rare cancers; 568 are still alive and dealing with it (see cancer maps) http://www.kristenrenee.org/cancer-maps

“Additionally, property value will plummet if Fort Detrick continues to make the same mistakes they have made in the past. Even as people are reading this, there is TCE and PCE flowing through Carroll Creek, and the ground around this fort is contaminated with dioxins hundreds of times over the EPA standards. We are addressing something that was not finished and requires attention. There should be a congressional hearing on this matter.”

“The Kristen Renee Foundation helps thousands of people already affected by all the mishaps at Fort Detrick, and we urge the U.S. Senators to hold Fort Detrick responsible for their deliberate pollution.”        – Kristen Renee Foundation

Randy White, whose family is from Frederick, started the Kristen Renee Foundation in his daughter Kristen’s memory after her death from brain cancer. The Foundation through its project “Fighting for Frederick” offers expertise to communities dealing with groundwater contamination.

For more information see www.kristenrenee.org or contact: Susan Funk (727) 512-7272 or email susanfunkpr@gmail.com .     
                                                                 

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