A new report states that lead is poisoning children on U.S. military bases and one Georgia military base is included in the report.
A Reuters news report highlights the poisoning at Fort Benning, GA near Columbus had results on paint were disturbing. At Fort Benning, paint chips exposed in reach of children, 58 times the allowable limit which was discovered in five homes.
U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., filed a bipartisan amendment on Wednesday in response to a recent report about lead poisonings and dangerous lead levels in housing on U.S. Army installations that is potentially endangering military families.
The amendment filed Wednesday would require the Government Accountability Office to report on the monitoring and remediation of lead and verifiable compliance with lead exposure limits in military housing.
“The recent reports regarding lead poisoning in some military housing units is disturbing and must absolutely be corrected,” said Isakson, who serves as chairman of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. “Our military families sacrifice greatly in service to our country, and it is our responsibility to do everything we can to ensure their safety, especially in homes the military provides for them. In addition to the information, we’ve requested from the U.S. Army to ensure proper treatment, remediation and accountability plans moving forward, I’ve offered this amendment to learn as much as we can about this dangerous exposure to prevent future poisoning and protect our military families going forward.”
Sens. John Cornyn, R-Texas, Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Tim Kaine, D-Va., Rand Paul, R-Ky., David Perdue, R-Ga., and Mark Warner, D-Va., cosponsored the amendment.
“Families are the backbone of the military. We owe it to our men and women in uniform to ensure their families have access to safe and comfortable housing on base, especially here on American soil,” said Georgia’s other U.S.Senator David Perdue, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. “I am concerned with the recent reports that military families and children have been exposed to dangerous lead conditions at Fort Benning and other installations across the country. We are actively working to get more information from the Army, so we can chart the best path forward and improve the safety of on-base housing at Fort Benning and beyond.”
In addition to the one-base housing at Fort Benning, the news report highlights cases of Fort Knox, Ky., Fort Polk, La., Fort Bliss, Texas, Fort Hood, Texas, and a 2015 Department of Defense Inspector General report that found lead paint hazards at Fort Belvoir, Va.
The report says that the Army and private contractors have started taking action in some areas, correcting medical reporting methods, and undertaking a lead-abatement program at Fort Benning.