PFAS, COVID and potential environmental racism

The draft environmental impact study acknowledged that there will be “significant disproportionate impacts to low-income and minority populations as well as children.”  Although much of the US government is phasing out fluorine based firefighting foam use,  due to having jets with composite bodies like the Lockheed Martin F-35, the fluorine based foams will continue to be […]

Fort Ord, Closed for Years, High Levels of Toxic Chemicals Remain for Local Residents

Military Poisons  |  27 April 2020   Original Article   “The Army has revealed that two highly toxic chemicals, PFOS and PFOA were recently found in the groundwater at the old Fort Ord, near Salinas, California at 560 parts per trillion, (ppt), which is 8 times higher than the EPA’s advisory level of 70 ppt. The […]

DNR : National Guard not complying with laws

Wisconsin State Journal  |  2 April 2020  |  Chris Hubbuch   original article  F-35 opponents challenge environmental review; DNR says National Guard not complying with pollution laws “Attorneys for a group opposed to basing F-35 fighter jets at Truax Field say the Air Force’s review of environmental impacts is deficient and are calling for additional […]

Pentagon and Lockheed in Fight Over Failure

Janes’s  |  29 March 2020  |  Pat Host The Pentagon wants data on failures of the F-35. Lockheed wants the taxpayer to pay them for it. How greedy can you be? Or maybe this might clue more people in to what a hunk of junk this jet is. Original Article  “The Pentagon wants a specific […]

Contact Madison alders: Common Council to discuss resolution opposing F-35 jets

NOTE: REGISTER FOR the resolution here (Item 77):  https://www.cityofmadison.com/clerk/meeting-schedule/virtual-meetings/register?meeting-id=43391 You can optionally register to speak. If you include your email they will send you a link to attend. Common Council Meeting, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, 6:30 pm Please send an email before Tuesday evening to allalders@cityofmadison.com telling them to support the resolution. Be sure to […]

Steve Books: County Resolution RES-548 Opposing F-35 Jets

Thanks to the sponsors of this resolution, 2019 RES-548, and to Supervisor Heidi Wegleitner for introducing this resolution.   I’m urging support, passage, and commitment of this resolution for many reasons. There are many problems with many issues including pollution at Truax Field as stated in the resolution, such as PFAS “forever chemical,” and it […]

Myth 2: Military spending is driven by security concerns [World Peace Foundation]

Original Article      “The decisions to build, sell or buy weapons systems often have little to do with defending the nation. Other factors at play include claims that weapons systems generate economic benefits (see Myth 4); and pure corruption—that is, the kickbacks and access to public funds are the rationale for the deal, and […]

F-35 jets aren’t worth the harm to residents — Darcy Haber

March 14, 2020  |  Wisconsin State Journal  |  Darcy Haber     The final Air Force Environmental Impact Statement admits that placing the F-35 fighter jets in Madison will have a significant negative and disproportionate impact on people of color and people with low income. Three of the five alternative locations would not have such […]

Superfund will not protect us from the military’s toxic pollution – Maria Powell

Cap Times  |  Mar 11, 2020  | Maria Powell, executive director, Midwest Environmental Justice Organization   “The final environmental impact statement (EIS) on basing F-35 fighter jets at Madison’s Truax Field states that the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation & Liability Act (CERCLA, or Superfund), will guide PFAS investigations and cleanups at the base. Does this […]

Is it Business or Is It Government: Lockheed Conflicts

On February 10, General Joseph Dunford will join the Lockheed Board of Directors. Gen. Dunford was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2015 to 2019 according to Reuters news agency. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is the nation’s highest-ranking military officer and the principal military advisor to the president, the […]