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Fort Detrick faces $2 billion in claims from residents
Originally published March 12, 2011
By Megan Eckstein

Many of the claims submitted to Fort Detrick deal with cancer cases near Fort Detrick’s Area B. The county and state health departments are investigating a possible cancer cluster.

WHAT: The next meeting to discuss their findings

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Monday

WHERE: First-floor hearing room, Winchester Hall, 12 E. Church St.


Thursday, March 3, 2011
Bill would require deeper look into causes of cancer
State senator says cancer rate near Fort Detrick is ‘alarming'
by Katherine Heerbrandt | Staff Writer

A sponsor of legislation to make the state's health department measure environmental causes of cancer says he is annoyed by the department's response and believes it is not taking the bill seriously enough.

Sen. C. Anthony Muse (D-Dist. 26) of Prince George's County, along with Sens. Joanne C. Benson (D-Dist. 24)...


Trouble in the air at Fort Detrick
Latest biodefense facility adds risky element to already high-risk environment
By Kenneth King
February 28, 2011
Frederick residents have had plenty of reminders lately why they should be concerned about the biodefense facilities in their midst: an ongoing cancer cluster investigation related to past groundwater contamination, an Agent Orange protest, and headlines about the 2001 anthrax attacks — which the FBI still insists were perpetrated by a...


Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011
Skeptics question preliminary findings at Fort Detrick
Some say herbicide report "not to be believed"
by Katherine Heerbrandt | Staff Writer

Toxicologist Dr. Richard Lipsey told an audience of Detrick officials, subcontractors, veterans and cancer victims Wednesday night that he was "kind of shocked" to hear that Agent Orange was used as sparingly as a recent report indicates.

Lispey, retired from the University of Florida, told attendees at a Fort...


Maryland lawmakers call for cancer-cluster study
Originally published February 25, 2011 By Meg Tully

ANNAPOLIS — Three state senators are calling for further studies of a possible cancer cluster around Fort Detrick and other possible cancer clusters throughout the state.


Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011
Fort Detrick used herbicides in small quantities, report states
Chemicals were no stronger than commercial-grade weed killer
by Katherine Heerbrandt | Staff Writer

A report released today affirms previous information that Army scientists used less than 17 pounds of herbicides at Fort Detrick in a 24-year period decades ago, none of it more toxic than commercial-grade weed killer.

Herbicides, the report states, were used in higher quantities on farms across America...


Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011
Agent Orange protest coming to Frederick
South Carolina resident works to bring attention to plight of fellow veterans
by Katherine Heerbrandt | Staff Writer

A protest is brewing, moving north from South Carolina tonight and touching down outside the gates of Fort Detrick in Frederick Wednesday afternoon.

Billed as "Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America Joins Local Residents at Protest at Fort Detrick, the Home of Agent Orange and Other Toxic Herbicides," the...


Report details Agent Orange use at Fort Detrick
Originally published February 23, 2011

By Megan Eckstein

Fort Detrick has released a preliminary archive search report on its past Agent Orange use as the Kristen Renee Foundation began to ramp up its efforts to prove that the Army post caused a cancer cluster in Frederick.

According to the report, which was posted online Tuesday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers found that Fort Detrick tested an estimated 16.82 pounds of Agent Orange and...


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