Pat Elder: Because the Trump administration’s EPA is asleep at the switch, it’s imperative the Assembly takes the lead in protecting California’s public and the environment.
Pat Elder: The bill is now in the hands of Sen. John Barrasso, (R-Wy) Chairman of the Committee on Environment and Public Works. Barrasso protects the interests of the DOD and the chemical industry in Congress so he is opposed to designating the human carcinogens as hazardous substances.
Pat Elder: The nation’s top public health officials say 1 ppt of PFAS is potentially dangerous to public health. Pregnant woman in Pleasanton should be immediately warned not to drink water containing PFAS.
Pat Elder: In the real world – the world outside of these despicable psychological operations of the US government against its citizens – the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines have poisoned communities across the country for several generations.
Pat Elder: Military researches environmentally friendly firefighting foams while viable alternatives exist – and are used worldwide.
Pat Elder: Congress is happy to kick the PFAS can down the road. It’s predictable and sadly pathetic. And so is the lack of news coverage on PFAS contamination – the greatest public health crisis in American history.
Pat Elder: Most people, even Okinawans, are still unaware of the contaminated water and most of those who are aware, or are in positions of authority, seem unwilling to stand up for the 450,000 Okinawan residents whose health is on the line.
Pat Elder: Anyone reasonably informed about PFAS, who examined their raw data, would conclude that California water resources are in a terrible condition and that the health of hundreds of thousands of California residents are at risk by drinking the tap water.
Pat Elder: When the base shut down in 1994, the Air Force knew how poisoned the surrounding environment was, although few others were thinking that way.
Pat Elder: the federal government’s focus should be on diagnosing the sick and taking care of them, stopping the flow of contaminants, and providing clean water. Sadly, the DOD continues to contaminate drinking water supplies while the EPA is a non-actor.
Pat Elder: Although a handful of news accounts have recently reported on the results of PFAS testing in California, there has been little public analysis on the origin of the contamination or ways to stop it.
Pat Elder: Quite often, youth groups affiliated with high school JROTC programs are forced to use commercial firing ranges where .22 caliber rifles and larger guns are regularly fired.
Student Testing Program — We’re witnessing the institutionalization of a direct informational pipeline to the Military Entrance Processing Command.