Uncle Sam: clean up your mess

Wisconsin State Journal  |  27 May 2020  |  Brad Geyer I live next to the Truax Field military base in Madison. The U.S. government has poisoned the water and should clean it up. The federal government plans to spend more than $50 million to expand the base. It plans to bring in a squadron of […]

More PFAS contamination found in airport runoff

The Wisconsin State Journal  |  6 May, 2020  |  Chris Hubbuch   original article   “Dane County says it has found additional sources of harmful chemicals in water that drains from the Madison airport and plans to test a new technology for treating the water. The county said in a news release issued Wednesday afternoon that […]

Decision to base F-35s in Madison ignores public health concerns

The Cap Times  |  29 April 2020  |  Bruce Barrett and Paula Rogge   original letter    “Today we are dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. Our federal, state and local government officials have been working hard to contain the pandemic, and the public has followed social distancing instructions to “flatten the curve” until effective testing, […]

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 […]

High PFAS toxin levels found in Starkweather Creek sediment [by Truax Field ANG base]

The Cap Times  |  24 April 2020  |  Steven Elbow Original Article  Starkweather Creek Watershed Map    “Test results of PFAS in troubled Starkweather Creek sediment show high levels for one of the more toxic varieties of the chemical group. [per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances] The results add to concerns about PFAS pollution in the creek, […]

Air Force picks Truax for F-35 base; Madison opponents consider legal response

The Cap Times  |  15 April 2020  |  Steven Elbow   original article  While the U.S. Air Force cleared the final bureaucratic hurdle Wednesday to bring a squadron of F-35 fighter jets to Truax Field, opponents say they might take to the courts to stop the move. “We have retained some attorneys a while ago […]

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 […]

Miskimen: Oppose F-35’s that are ineffective, dangerous, too expensive and they pollute

Dear Alders: I have contacted my alder Patrick Heck and others about opposing the F-35 plans at Truax. Especially in this time of Covid-19, we appreciate the vital work of the Air National Guard and the 115th Fighter Wing. It’d be preferable to so many of us, that these resources be put towards missions that […]

Janet Parker: Mayor Rhodes-Conway has taken the right stance on F-35s

The Cap Times  |  9 April 2020  |  Janet Parker, guest columnist The Air Force may make a decision on where to base the F-35 fighter planes as soon as this week. Last week, our City Council went on record with strong opposition to basing F-35s at Truax Field here in Madison. The vote to […]

Support the People by Opposing Polluting War Machines

Dear Madison Alders Thank you so much for considering the Common Council resolution opposing the stationing of F-35 fighter jets at Truax.  Please, please, vote in favor of this resolution. I live on the north side of Madison, and I love this part of town.  I moved here twenty years ago from the west coast, […]