Separating The Facts From Fiction
NAF Atsugi Environmental
Between 1988 and after the incinerator was officially shut down in 2001, the Department of the Navy funded several professional environmental tests to assist in determining the possible health risks that could affect our military personnel and their families. Here is a list of several studies that have been released through the Freedom of Information Act, unfortunately the Navy is still denying our members the ability to have access to the water reports that fall under the FOI Act from 1985 to 2007.
The total lack of information that we have been provided has been the most difficult aspect of this fight. Above is is just one of the many examples of misinformation that can be found and this "Captain's Call" article questions whether or not the information that we were allowed to know was really accurate. Pay particular attention to the Commanding Officer's response from a base resident about his or her concerns about transferring out of Atsugi since he or she wasn't warned about the contamination problem. The Commanding Officer responded, "We don't have anything in writing that says Jinkampo is a serious health risk! All we have is a 94-95 study that shows the waste byproducts do not meet U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards."
Please view the studies that we have provided below and it is clear that there is more than one 1994-1995 study that was conducted before the October 10, 1997 statement was made in the base paper. People ask our members why we didn't send our spouses and children away from NAF Atsugi, but what many people fail to realize is that for 12 years we trusted that our military leadership would not fail in their responsibility to provide our members the necessary scientific data that the DON had in their possession. Without the data from the environmental studies it made it difficult at best to make an educated decision about our personal safety, but then again once we transferred in to NAF Atsugi we technically were not allowed to leave anyway.
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