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***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***
Date: February 21, 2011
Media Contact: Rachel Kelley-Pisani 703-203-4961
Randy White, of the Kristen Renee Foundation, to hold a press conference on
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 1:00 pm
Date: Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Time: 1pm - 2pm
Location: Weinberg Center For the Arts (LOBBY)
20 W Patrick St. Frederick, MD 21701-5527 (301) 600-2839
(Frederick, MD) – February 21, 2011– Randy White of the Kristen Renee Foundation to hold a press conference to announce the following new information: New legislative initiatives, the Foundations panel of experts, blood test results that are linked to Agent Orange, a confirmed cancer link surrounding Fort Detrick, the Vets Rally/Protest and more. State Senator, C. Anthony Muse District 26 will be in attendance to show his support. Randy White has been asked by Senator Muse to speak to the Senate Finance Committee regarding a bill to be passed that will fund cancer/disease caused by the environment research in Maryland on Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 1:00 pm in Annapolis, Maryland. http://mlis.state.md.us/2011rs/bills/sb/sb0574f.pdf
Vietnam Vets Rally To Help Citizens Of Frederick, MD
The Kristen Renee Foundation will be joining forces with our countries Vietnam Veterans on Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 1:00 pm to conduct a Rally/Protest against the Government and Fort Detrick, the “BIRTHPLACE” OF AGENTS ORANGE, BLUE, WHITE and other “defoliants” used during the Vietnam War. These “defoliants” were tested across the United States, exposing hundreds of thousands more prior to use in Vietnam. Almost every test listed on the Department of Defense Records indicates these “stateside” tests, were conducted by the Plants and Science Laboratory Scientists from Fort Detrick, Maryland. Two-tour Vietnam Veteran and rally organizer, Lou Krieger states, “Ft. Detrick has been less than forthcoming with what little information they have provided”. Additionally, “Ft. Detrick is very secretly going through their “archives” and “blacking out information” in what appears to be a “cover-up” for their past deeds”. Krieger added, “Some of these tests in the United States used spraying 1,200 times more powerful than what was used in the 20 million gallons sprayed across Vietnam, exposing the military and civilians training nearby”. Krieger said, “Agent Orange and its colorful siblings were not commercial products, these were “TACTICAL HERBICIDES AND GROWTH ACCELERANTS”. In fact, Agent Orange and Super Orange Foam were even sprayed along the shoreline, and in the water, around Poole’s Island and the Dundee Creek in Southeastern Baltimore County.
Coming from Davenport, Florida, Vietnam Veteran Henry Snyder and his wife Sheila with the traveling “VIETNAM VETERANS AGENT ORANGE QUILTS OF TEARS”, a very moving Memorial to those who have died from exposure to AGENT ORANGE. The Vietnam Veterans Of America will also be on hand with educational information on how Agent Orange has burdened families of those who served, including information on test locations in the United States!
VETERANS RALLY SCHEDULE FOR WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 23, 2011
VETERANS OF AMERICA WILL BE PRESENT WITH AGENT ORANGE INFO.
BRING A SIGN OR BANNER OR ORANGE ATTIRE TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT
1 PM – 5 PM – AGENT ORANGE QUILTS OF TEARS ON DISPLAY @ CORNER OF ROSEMONT AVE AND MONTEVUE AVE IN THE PIZZA HUT PARKING LOT.
5:30 PM - AGENT ORANGE QUILTS OF TEARS ON DISPLAY AT HAMPTON INN
1565 OPOSSUMTOWN PIKE, IN THE BOARD ROOM ACROSS FROM THE RAB MEETING (6:30 PM) AND AFTER THE CONCLUSION OF THE MEETING
5:30 PM – 6:15 PM RAB (RESTORATION ADVISORY BOARD) DEMONSTRATION AT THE CORNER OF THOMAS JOHNSON DRIVE AND OPOSSUMTOWN PIKE
6:30 PM - RAB PUBLIC MEETING AT HAMPTON INN 1565 OPOSSUMTOWN PIKE, FREDERICK, MD
About 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 2010. In that time there have been major discoveries regarding cancer and other diseases in the community around Fort 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 Fort 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 1,000 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 Fort Detrick. Residents around Fort Detrick and Frederick, Maryland area recall clouds of smoke from burning pits in the 1960 and 1970’s “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 Kristen Renee
Kristen Renee passed away in April of 2008 from a brain tumor, two years later her mother was diagnosed and lost her battle within 9 months to 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 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.