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Civilian Exposure

Civilian Exposure

By Civilian Exposure
Civilian Exposure is a non-profit news and outreach organization. Our writing/research is made possible through reader support.

We shed light on systemic US toxic military contamination, plus the generational health impacts to all veterans, families, and civilian DOD personnel in those communities.

Mission: To expose abuses of power, betrayals of the public trust, and overall negligence by government agencies and the military, using the moral force of investigative journalism to spur reform through the sustained spotlighting of wrongdoing and harm due to toxic military contamination.
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2020 S1 E3 - Civilian Exposure Podcast

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2021 S2 E3 - Civilian Exposure Podcast
In this episode, we sit down with guest Kathy Sinai to discuss the mission and purpose of her group Children of Atomic Veterans (www.childrenofatomicveterans.org) We dive into ionizing radiation exposures in the military, the impact on health and bodies of those exposed, and the broader DNA impacts. We also talk about the larger issue of military contamination at a variety of bases across the country and how to address this systemic problem and its impacts on those who served or worked aboard them. This is the group's vision statement:  Children of Atomic Veterans helps bridge the global gap to provide easier access to relevant information. If our information or resources benefit others affected by radiogenic cancers or genetic impacts of radiation exposure by any other circumstances, that will be a bonus. Our focus is to the service men and women around the globe and their families, as it poses particular challenges due to the levels of secrecy required, government and regulatory agencies, and records restrictions involved with service personnel. Civilians impacted by these research and test events have far more resources and substantially easier access to the necessary care, information and compensation options. ------- Website: www.civilianexposure.org Facebook: facebook.com/CivilianExposureOrg Twitter: twitter.com/CivilianExposed Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/CivilianExposed ------- About Civilian Exposure is a fully tax-exempt, non-profit news and outreach organization. Our writing and research is made possible through reader support. We are dedicated to shedding light on the extent of military contamination, as well as the generational health impacts to all people exposed. Our work honors and serves our nation’s military veterans and civilian DOD personnel working aboard US military installations, along with their families and children, in need of critical information about exposures. Mission To expose abuses of power, betrayals of the public trust, and overall negligence by government agencies and the military, using the moral force of investigative journalism to spur reform through the sustained spotlighting of wrongdoing and harm due to toxic military contamination.
52:47
March 16, 2021
2021 S2 E2 - Civilian Exposure Podcast
In this episode, we sit down with guest Bill Bonk to discuss his new book - Exposure: Surviving Historical Ft McClellan. Bill walks us through the situation and all of the various chemicals and exposures typical at Ft. McClellan, including ionizing radiation exposure. We also talk about the larger issue of military contamination at a variety of bases across the country and how to address this systemic problem and its impacts on those who served or worked aboard them. Bonk, a licensed private investigator, draws attention to the real possibility that veterans, their families, and civilians once assigned to now-closed Fort McClellan (FMC), Alabama were subjected to hazardous environmental conditions to include chemical weapon material and toxic chemicals starting in the early 1950s and continuing through 1999 and beyond. At this point, Bonk says the government “seemingly has no interest in even determining if FMC veterans are suffering from occupational illnesses due to the chemical exposure” and doesn’t presume that any adverse health conditions are associated with service at the post despite the expenditure of billions of dollars to “investigate” contaminants on, around, and under the historical FMC and cleanup of the adjacent town and Army depot. “We truly don’t know what we don’t know about the hazards on the historical FMC until we peel back the layers and connect the dots,” according to Bonk. ------- Website: www.civilianexposure.org Facebook: facebook.com/CivilianExposureOrg Twitter: twitter.com/CivilianExposed Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/CivilianExposed ------- About Civilian Exposure is a fully tax-exempt, non-profit news and outreach organization. Our writing and research is made possible through reader support. We are dedicated to shedding light on the extent of military contamination, as well as the generational health impacts to all people exposed. Our work honors and serves our nation’s military veterans and civilian DOD personnel working aboard US military installations, along with their families and children, in need of critical information about exposures. Mission To expose abuses of power, betrayals of the public trust, and overall negligence by government agencies and the military, using the moral force of investigative journalism to spur reform through the sustained spotlighting of wrongdoing and harm due to toxic military contamination.
01:00:22
February 24, 2021
2021 S2 E1 - Civilian Exposure Podcast
In this episode, we sit down with Dr. Jim Van Keuren to discuss his new book - The School Poisoning Tragedy in Caledonia, Ohio. Dr. Van Keuren takes an in depth look at the consequences of contaminated military lands that are later reused for civilian purposes without proper cleanup and remediation.  In the early 1960s, the River Valley Local School District built its middle school, its high school and its athletic fields in the former Marion Engineer Depot. During World War II, the depot had used the land for heavy equipment rehab, military artillery practice, materials storage, burial of construction debris and burning of waste materials and fuels. In 1997, a River Valley High School nurse grew concerned about the high rate of leukemia and other cancers in graduates. Then a stunning news report announcing a 122 percent increase in death rates over thirty years in the Marion area sparked an investigation.  Was the land to blame? The question of what may have been known about the contaminates on the school grounds sent shock waves through the community that still linger today. Dr. James Van Keuren, EdD, is a retired professor of educational administration and dean of the Dwight Schar College of Education at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio, where he published numerous juried journal articles, including a book titled Web-Based Instruction: A Practical Guide for Online Courses. Prior to Ashland University, Dr. Van Keuren was a teacher, high school principal, school superintendent, assistant and interim state superintendent of public instruction in Ohio. In A Tribute to the 109th Evacuation Hospital (SM), he traces his father-in-law's service time during World War II with a second edition reflecting the integral role that nurses played in the unit. His most recent book, World War II POW Camps in Ohio, examines the Germans and Italians who were housed in Ohio during World War II. ------- Website: www.civilianexposure.org Facebook: facebook.com/CivilianExposureOrg Twitter: twitter.com/CivilianExposed Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/CivilianExposed ------- About Civilian Exposure is a fully tax-exempt, non-profit news and outreach organization. Our writing and research is made possible through reader support. We are dedicated to shedding light on the extent of military contamination, as well as the generational health impacts to all people exposed. Our work honors and serves our nation’s military veterans and civilian DOD personnel working aboard US military installations, along with their families and children, in need of critical information about exposures. Mission To expose abuses of power, betrayals of the public trust, and overall negligence by government agencies and the military, using the moral force of investigative journalism to spur reform through the sustained spotlighting of wrongdoing and harm due to toxic military contamination.
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February 10, 2021
2020 S1 E13 - Civilian Exposure Podcast
In this special New Year's Eve episode, we share several personal stories of exposure as part of our Contamination Chronicles series, including stories from Enewetak Atomic Cleanup veterans, exposure victims of Camp Lejeune, Camp Pendleton and Mare Island.  ------- Website: www.civilianexposure.org Facebook: facebook.com/CivilianExposureOrg Twitter: twitter.com/CivilianExposed Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/CivilianExposed Civilian Exposure is a fully tax-exempt, non-profit news and outreach organization. Our writing and research is made possible through reader support. We are dedicated to shedding light on the extent of military contamination, as well as the generational health impacts to all people exposed. Our work honors and serves our nation’s military veterans and civilian DOD personnel working aboard US military installations, along with their families and children, in need of critical information about exposures. Mission To expose abuses of power, betrayals of the public trust, and overall negligence by government agencies and the military, using the moral force of investigative journalism to spur reform through the sustained spotlighting of wrongdoing and harm due to toxic military contamination.
30:20
December 31, 2020
2020 S1 E12 - Civilian Exposure Podcast
In this episode, we share our Top 10 stories of 2020. We'll deep dive into two of those, including a closer look at toxic radiation exposures in the military, and detail the full list of site contaminants found at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina (as shared by the EPA Superfund file). ------- Website: www.civilianexposure.org Facebook: facebook.com/CivilianExposureOrg Twitter: twitter.com/CivilianExposed Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/CivilianExposed Civilian Exposure is a fully tax-exempt, non-profit news and outreach organization. Our writing and research is made possible through reader support. We are dedicated to shedding light on the extent of military contamination, as well as the generational health impacts to all people exposed. Our work honors and serves our nation’s military veterans and civilian DOD personnel working aboard US military installations, along with their families and children, in need of critical information about exposures. Mission To expose abuses of power, betrayals of the public trust, and overall negligence by government agencies and the military, using the moral force of investigative journalism to spur reform through the sustained spotlighting of wrongdoing and harm due to toxic military contamination.
22:46
December 15, 2020
2020 S1 E11 - Civilian Exposure Podcast
In this episode, we tackle toxic military chemical contamination at base locations across the country. This week, we discuss the extent of PFAS impacts on neighborhoods in Michigan and the costs and complications of PFAS disposal at landfills and incinerators nationwide.   ------- Website: www.civilianexposure.org Facebook: facebook.com/CivilianExposureOrg Twitter: twitter.com/CivilianExposed Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/CivilianExposed Civilian Exposure is a fully tax-exempt, non-profit news and outreach organization. Our writing and research is made possible through reader support. We are dedicated to shedding light on the extent of military contamination, as well as the generational health impacts to all people exposed. Our work honors and serves our nation’s military veterans and civilian DOD personnel working aboard US military installations, along with their families and children, in need of critical information about exposures. Mission To expose abuses of power, betrayals of the public trust, and overall negligence by government agencies and the military, using the moral force of investigative journalism to spur reform through the sustained spotlighting of wrongdoing and harm due to toxic military contamination.
18:51
December 9, 2020
2020 S1 E10 - Civilian Exposure Podcast
In this episode, we tackle toxic military chemical contamination at base locations across the country. This week, we discuss benzene exposures and a condition called myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). Plus, we give an overview of some of the environmental "accidents" reported in Okinawa by our guest reporter Jon Mitchell.  ------- Website: www.civilianexposure.org Facebook: facebook.com/CivilianExposureOrg Twitter: twitter.com/CivilianExposed Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/CivilianExposed Civilian Exposure is a fully tax-exempt, non-profit news and outreach organization. Our writing and research is made possible through reader support. We are dedicated to shedding light on the extent of military contamination, as well as the generational health impacts to all people exposed. Our work honors and serves our nation’s military veterans and civilian DOD personnel working aboard US military installations, along with their families and children, in need of critical information about exposures. Mission To expose abuses of power, betrayals of the public trust, and overall negligence by government agencies and the military, using the moral force of investigative journalism to spur reform through the sustained spotlighting of wrongdoing and harm due to toxic military contamination.
22:45
November 29, 2020
2020 S1 E9 - Civilian Exposure Podcast
In this episode, we tackle toxic military chemical contamination at base locations across the country. This week, we discuss the civilian mortality study on Camp Lejeune workers and their exposures to TCE, vinyl chloride, benzene and other chemicals in the drinking water supply. We also dive deeper into TCE (trichloroethylene) to understand the dangers of various types of short and long-term exposures to the chemical, including health issues derived from long-term exposure.  ------- Website: www.civilianexposure.org Facebook: facebook.com/CivilianExposureOrg Twitter: twitter.com/CivilianExposed Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/CivilianExposed Civilian Exposure is a fully tax-exempt, non-profit news and outreach organization. Our writing and research is made possible through reader support. We are dedicated to shedding light on the extent of military contamination, as well as the generational health impacts to all people exposed. Our work honors and serves our nation’s military veterans and civilian DOD personnel working aboard US military installations, along with their families and children, in need of critical information about exposures. Mission To expose abuses of power, betrayals of the public trust, and overall negligence by government agencies and the military, using the moral force of investigative journalism to spur reform through the sustained spotlighting of wrongdoing and harm due to toxic military contamination.
22:38
November 18, 2020
2020 S1 E8 - Civilian Exposure Podcast
In this episode, we tackle toxic military chemical contamination at base locations across the country. This week, we discuss bases Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Michigan, along with McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey. We also cover PFAS frequently asked questions and preview upcoming interviews.  ------- Website: www.civilianexposure.org Facebook: facebook.com/CivilianExposureOrg Twitter: twitter.com/CivilianExposed Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/CivilianExposed Civilian Exposure is a fully tax-exempt, non-profit news and outreach organization. Our writing and research is made possible through reader support. We are dedicated to shedding light on the extent of military contamination, as well as the generational health impacts to all people exposed. Our work honors and serves our nation’s military veterans and civilian DOD personnel working aboard US military installations, along with their families and children, in need of critical information about exposures. Mission To expose abuses of power, betrayals of the public trust, and overall negligence by government agencies and the military, using the moral force of investigative journalism to spur reform through the sustained spotlighting of wrongdoing and harm due to toxic military contamination.
15:37
November 12, 2020
2020 S1 E7 - Civilian Exposure Podcast
In this episode, we tackle toxic military chemical contamination at base locations across the country. This week, we discuss bases in Michigan, Maryland and Washington state. We also discuss PFAS impacts and scale of PFAS contamination at military bases, and share mail from the SoundOff series. ------- Website: www.civilianexposure.org Facebook: facebook.com/CivilianExposureOrg Twitter: twitter.com/CivilianExposed Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/CivilianExposed Civilian Exposure is a fully tax-exempt, non-profit news and outreach organization. Our writing and research is made possible through reader support. We are dedicated to shedding light on the extent of military contamination, as well as the generational health impacts to all people exposed. Our work honors and serves our nation’s military veterans and civilian DOD personnel working aboard US military installations, along with their families and children, in need of critical information about exposures. Mission To expose abuses of power, betrayals of the public trust, and overall negligence by government agencies and the military, using the moral force of investigative journalism to spur reform through the sustained spotlighting of wrongdoing and harm due to toxic military contamination.
29:35
October 26, 2020
2020 S1 E6 - Civilian Exposure Podcast
In this episode, we tackle toxic military chemical contamination at base locations across the country. This week, we discuss Moffett Field in California and the various contaminants of concern present over the years, and its current Superfund status. We also discuss a recent Consumer Reports alert on PFAS in bottled water supplies and analyze the impacts and scale of PFAS contamination at military bases vs. consumer product levels. ------- Website: www.civilianexposure.org Facebook: facebook.com/CivilianExposureOrg Twitter: twitter.com/CivilianExposed Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/CivilianExposed Civilian Exposure is a fully tax-exempt, non-profit news and outreach organization. Our writing and research is made possible through reader support. We are dedicated to shedding light on the extent of military contamination, as well as the generational health impacts to all people exposed. Our work honors and serves our nation’s military veterans and civilian DOD personnel working aboard US military installations, along with their families and children, in need of critical information about exposures. Mission To expose abuses of power, betrayals of the public trust, and overall negligence by government agencies and the military, using the moral force of investigative journalism to spur reform through the sustained spotlighting of wrongdoing and harm due to toxic military contamination.
28:32
October 19, 2020
2020 S1 E5 - Civilian Exposure Podcast
In this episode, we tackle toxic military chemical contamination, including PFAS in food and drinking water supplies, at locations across the country, on base and off - from Cherry Point, NC to Orange County, CA. Plus, we share a story one of you shared with us...about the forgotten babies of Camp Lejeune. ------- Website: www.civilianexposure.org Facebook: facebook.com/CivilianExposureOrg Twitter: twitter.com/CivilianExposed Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/CivilianExposed Civilian Exposure is a fully tax-exempt, non-profit news and outreach organization. Our writing and research is made possible through reader support. We are dedicated to shedding light on the extent of military contamination, as well as the generational health impacts to all people exposed. Our work honors and serves our nation’s military veterans and civilian DOD personnel working aboard US military installations, along with their families and children, in need of critical information about exposures. Mission To expose abuses of power, betrayals of the public trust, and overall negligence by government agencies and the military, using the moral force of investigative journalism to spur reform through the sustained spotlighting of wrongdoing and harm due to toxic military contamination.
26:11
October 13, 2020
2020 S1 E4 - Civilian Exposure Podcast
In this episode, we tackle toxic chemical contamination, including PFAS and Agent Orange, at locations across the country - from Cherry Point, NC to Alameda, CA to Jacksonville, FL. Plus, we review of a pending lawsuit in Orange County against chemical manufacturers. We also take a look into non-toxic firefighting foams as a possible alternative, and PFAS studies being undertaken at private community wells around various bases.  ------ Website: www.civilianexposure.org Facebook: facebook.com/CivilianExposureOrg Twitter: twitter.com/CivilianExposed Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/CivilianExposed Civilian Exposure is a fully tax-exempt, non-profit news and outreach organization. Our writing and research is made possible through reader support. We are dedicated to shedding light on the extent of military contamination, as well as the generational health impacts to all people exposed. Our work honors and serves our nation’s military veterans and civilian DOD personnel working aboard US military installations, along with their families and children, in need of critical information about exposures. Mission To expose abuses of power, betrayals of the public trust, and overall negligence by government agencies and the military, using the moral force of investigative journalism to spur reform through the sustained spotlighting of wrongdoing and harm due to toxic military contamination.
30:20
June 15, 2020
2020 S1 E3 - Civilian Exposure Podcast
In this episode, we go overseas to Korea and Okinawa, Japan to discuss issues of Agent Orange contamination and radiation exposures for veterans, civilian workers, and citizens of surrounding communities. We'll also share a personal story of exposure from a veteran of Fort Ord. ------ Website: www.civilianexposure.org  Facebook: facebook.com/CivilianExposureOrg  Twitter: twitter.com/CivilianExposed  Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/CivilianExposed Civilian Exposure is a fully tax-exempt, non-profit news and outreach organization. Our writing and research is made possible through reader support. We are dedicated to shedding light on the extent of military contamination, as well as the generational health impacts to all people exposed. Our work honors and serves our nation’s military veterans and civilian DOD personnel working aboard US military installations, along with their families and children, in need of critical information about exposures. Mission To expose abuses of power, betrayals of the public trust, and overall negligence by government agencies and the military, using the moral force of investigative journalism to spur reform through the sustained spotlighting of wrongdoing and harm due to toxic military contamination.
39:35
May 13, 2020
2020 S1 E2 - Civilian Exposure Podcast
In this week's podcast, we travel around the country to highlight toxic military contamination issues. We'll explore PFAS contamination at Patuxent Naval Air Station and George Air Force Base, plus look into radiation exposures at a nuclear storage facility in Okinawa.  Website: www.civilianexposure.org Facebook: facebook.com/CivilianExposureOrg Twitter: twitter.com/CivilianExposed Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/CivilianExposed Civilian Exposure is a fully tax-exempt, non-profit news and outreach organization. Our writing and research is made possible through reader support. We are dedicated to shedding light on the extent of military contamination, as well as the generational health impacts to all people exposed. Our work honors and serves our nation’s military veterans and civilian DOD personnel working aboard US military installations, along with their families and children, in need of critical information about exposures. Mission To expose abuses of power, betrayals of the public trust, and overall negligence by government agencies and the military, using the moral force of investigative journalism to spur reform through the sustained spotlighting of wrongdoing and harm due to toxic military contamination.
30:33
May 5, 2020
2020 S1 E1 - Civilian Exposure Podcast
In this premiere edition of the Civilian Exposure Podcast, we dive right in to the current news of the past week, including investigative reporting into dangerous firefighting foams and other toxic substances found at US military bases around the country and around the world. We report on all bases, all chemicals of concern, potential health and economic impacts, and more. We also analyze how the government is responding, or failing to respond, to this ongoing generational health catastrophe.  Website: www.civilianexposure.org  Facebook: facebook.com/CivilianExposureOrg  Twitter: twitter.com/CivilianExposed  Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/CivilianExposed Civilian Exposure is a fully tax-exempt, non-profit news and outreach organization. Our writing and research is made possible through reader support. We are dedicated to shedding light on the extent of military contamination, as well as the generational health impacts to all people exposed. Our work honors and serves our nation’s military veterans and civilian DOD personnel working aboard US military installations, along with their families and children, in need of critical information about exposures. Mission To expose abuses of power, betrayals of the public trust, and overall negligence by government agencies and the military, using the moral force of investigative journalism to spur reform through the sustained spotlighting of wrongdoing and harm due to toxic military contamination.
57:13
April 24, 2020