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Military Knew Flood Risks at Offutt Air Base, But Didn’t Act in Time

"For several years, the U.S. military and federal and local officials knew that Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska lay exposed to the threat of catastrophic flooding. But a key federal agency moved too slowly to approve plans to protect the base from last weekend's deluge, a top local official said."

Source: InsideClimate News, 03/22/2019

List of Toxics Near Military Sites May Include Leads for Reporters

Drinking water contaminated with PFAS for years has caused worry, even outrage, in local communities affected by the toxic chemicals. Now, a military database may help reporters locate contamination sites. This week’s TipSheet has more on the database, along with tips for evaluating your local PFAS story.

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Pentagon Pushes for Weaker Standards On PFAS Chemicals In Drinking Water

"Facing billions of dollars in cleanup costs, the Pentagon is pushing the Trump administration to adopt a weaker standard for groundwater pollution caused by chemicals that have commonly been used at military bases and that contaminate drinking water consumed by millions of Americans."

Source: NY Times, 03/19/2019

"Generals: Warming Helped Russia Move Weapons Into Arctic"

"Climate change is causing the U.S. military to alter its plans in the Arctic as Russia takes advantage of a warming world to deploy radar and personnel in thawing regions, two generals told a Senate panel yesterday. The assessment comes as the White House is recruiting researchers to raise uncertainty about climate science and the risk that rising temperatures pose to national security."

Source: ClimateWire, 03/07/2019

Trump Anti-Science Climate Panel Will Harm Security: Ex-Generals Warn

""More than four dozen former military and intelligence officials are rebuking President Trump for planning to counter the government’s own findings that climate change poses a threat to national security — warning that it’s “dangerous to have national security analysis conform to politics.”"

Source: Washington Post, 03/06/2019

Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals’ in Drinking Water Sicken Military Families

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When Army Staff Sgt. Samuel Fortune returned from Iraq, his body battered by war, he assumed he’d be safe. Then the people around him began to get sick. His neighbors, all living near five military bases, complained of tumors, thyroid problems and debilitating fatigue. Soon, the Colorado health department announced an unusually high number of kidney cancers in the region. Then Mr. Fortune’s wife fell ill."

Source: NY Times, 02/25/2019

"House Opens Inquiry Into Proposed US Nuclear Venture in Saudi Arabia"

"Top Trump administration officials have pushed to build nuclear power plants throughout Saudi Arabia over the vigorous objections of White House lawyers who question the legality of the plan and the ethics of a venture that could enrich Trump allies, according to a new report by House Democrats released on Tuesday."

Source: NY Times, 02/20/2019

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