WATCH LIVE AUGUST 12TH AT 6:30PM EST FREDERICK COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT MEETING:
***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***
Date: August 12, 2010
The Kristen Renee Foundation continues its fight for Frederick, MD “Fighting for Frederick; Our City, Our Health” by attending the first of many Frederick County Health Department Meetings”
(Frederick, MD) – August 12, 2010– The Kristen Renee Foundation will be attending the first of many Health Department meetings to discuss their findings and concern of what is believed to be a cancer cluster in Frederick, MD surrounding Fort Detrick.
Memo from the Health Department: The Frederick County Health Department will convene the first of a series of meetings to address concerns from the public about cancer clusters in Frederick County. The meeting will be held on
Thursday, August 12, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the first floor hearing room of Winchester Hall, 12 East Church Street, Frederick, Md.
Items not covered by the 8:30 p.m. end time will be added to the agenda of the next scheduled meeting. Participants from state and federal environmental and public health agencies are being confirmed. Ft. Detrick officials have confirmed their participation. Persons who want to share their concerns, ask questions and learn about a current cancer cluster investigation are encouraged to attend. The meeting will be broadcast live on Frederick County Government TV, channel 19, and on webcasting at www.FrederickCountyMD.gov/video. For those unable to attend, the meeting will be archived for viewing on the webcasting page.
Randy White, on behalf of the foundation, recently held a press conference in Washington, DC providing an update of the investigation and research the foundation and specialists have been performing over the past few months. The health study shows what appears to be a distorted cancer profile in the community surrounding Ft. Detrick, with several cases of lymphoma and leukemia, as well as other rare cancers. The research indicates that Ft. Detrick officials have done little in responding to public concerns about the apparent high rates of cancer and other illnesses surrounding the Facility. This is supported by direct discussions with Ft. Detrick officials. The investigation also suggests the potential contamination of not just TCE or PCE, but also historical contamination with herbicides and pesticides, perhaps most notably the defoliant known as "Agent Orange". "Agent Orange" was used during the Vietnam War in which over 4.8 million Vietnamese people were exposed to the herbicide, resulting in over 400,000 deaths and disabilities, and over 500,000 children born with birth defects. Ft. Detrick officials indicated that their own investigation shows that the U.S. Government performed aerial spraying of Agent Orange at Ft. Detrick, and the full implications of this revelation have not been determined. However, the Kristin Renee Foundation will be submitting a Freedom of Information Request for any and all information related to this experimental program to better understand the possible relationship to the community's health concerns.
Since the press conference held on August 4, 2010, new discoveries have been made. The foundation plans to present these discoveries to the health department at the meeting on August 12, 2010 at 6:30pm. The foundation is taking it upon itself to encourage all Frederick County residents to attend the meeting.
Frederick News Post August 12, 2010 http://www.fredericknewspost.com/sections/news/display.htm?storyID=108468
Fighting for Frederick; Our City, Our Health
The Kristen Renee Foundation launched its campaign to research and investigate the findings associated with Fort Detrick Area B sometime in May of this year. In that time there have been major discoveries regarding cancer and others diseases in the community around Ft. Detrick, as well as the use of Agent Orange and other toxic substances released throughout the Frederick area. In April 2009 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) added Fort Detrick Area B Groundwater to the National Priority List (NPL) based on tetrachloroethylene (PCE) and trichloroethylene (TCE) detections in offsite drinking wells. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) which confirmed residential areas located next to Fort Detrick had traces of these chemicals and were highly contaminated for years. Area B was initially established as a proving ground for the Army’s biological weapons program (circa 1946; test grid area). Although bones were recently discovered right outside this area, to date Ft Detrick has done no investigation into the cause of this. Area B was also used for buried disposal of a number of contaminants including biological materials, test animal carcasses, radiological tracer materials, phosgene cylinders, and drums containing organic solvents such as TCE and PCE.
The Kristen Renee Foundation discovered what appears to be a disease cluster along the perimeter of Fort Detrick. Over 400 families, representing thousands of individuals, in Frederick, Maryland have been affected by cancer believed to be a result of warfare development and hazardous waste disposal at Ft. Detrick. Residents around Fort Detrick and Frederick, Maryland area recall clouds of smoke from burning pits in the 1960 and 1970s “blowing through their neighborhoods,” groundwater contamination in the past in their individual wells with TCE and PCE known to have been dumped in drums in the landfill and from a Biochemical Simulation Release Tower and Grid Area operated around the same time.
About Kirsten Renee
Kristen Renee passed away in April of 2008 from a brain tumor, now a mere two years later her mother is battling stage four cancer, their home was in Frederick, Maryland, near Fort Detrick. There have been many before their family and there are many currently in the area battling with similar situations. Many found with recent diagnosis are just 30-35 years old. Most are battling or have fought a form of lymphoma and many other cancers. Their addresses were all within 6 miles of each other, all surrounding Fort Detrick. Since the launch of “Fighting for Frederick; Our City, Our Health” thousands have visited the website and come forward with their own stories related to Fort Detrick and Area B. For more information about The Kristen Renee Foundation and The “Fighting for Frederick” campaign please visit http://www.fightingforfrederick.org.
About Kristen Renee Foundation
The Kristen Renee Foundation is an endowment devoted to financing the research and cure for brain cancer in memory of Kristen Renee White. Kristen died at the age of 30 on April 30, 2008 after a long difficult battle with brain cancer. Kristen was a beloved mother, daughter, sister, wife, and friend. Through this foundation the family and friends of Kristen carry on the battle against brain cancer in hopes of one day a cure will be discovered.
About Fort Detrick
Fort Detrick is an active U.S. Army installation operated under the Army Medical Command (MEDCOM). Fort Detrick includes six non-contiguous land parcels (designated as Areas A, B, Area C Water Treatment Plant, Area C Waste Water Treatment Plant, Forest Glen Annex, and Glen Haven Annex). Areas A, B, and C, are located within the city limits of Frederick, Maryland. Area B is approximately 399 acres and includes the Fort Detrick active municipal landfill, an animal farm (for research purposes), a former shooting range, waste disposal areas, an explosives storage area, and open fields used for historic research activities.