Vint Hill Toxins

I loved Vint Hill Farms Station. It was more like a country club than a military installation. But you need to know it was a military industrial toxic dump. Besides Agent Orange (EPA does not refer to it by name, but by components, and the components are listed below under "what is agent orange") Chromium, Chromic Acid, Cyanide, Ammonia, Phenols, Silver, Lead, Selineum, DDT, PCB's, 2-4-DDioxin/Furans, Mercury, Cyanide, Chlordane, PAH, benzo(a)pyrene, CopperAsbestos, Zinc and other deadly chemicals and metals were found in the top soil, sediments, surface and ground water. Apparently they tested Agent Orange, or used it as a defoliant not knowing its danger, on the Vint Hill Farms Station grounds. Unknown to many of us, stationed there, is the fact it was used, for decades, as a developing factory for those huge, arial photographs, used by intelligence, that were as big as a wall. The used developing chemicals were pumped into a 40'x40' pond outside the building which was near the Auto Hobby Garage. Of course the pond didn't have a liner. The big incenarators (where all the burn bags went) were also a source to toxic exposure. The gas station had tanks that leaked and leached into the ground water. Drinking water for Vint Hill Farms Station came from wells beneath the facility. I will share the results of my research, with you, by posting the documents below.

What is Herbicide Orange?

Herbicide Orange (also known as Agent Orange) is a 50:50 mixture of 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) and 2,4,5-trichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4,5-T) (HSDB 2002a, 2002b). It is a reddish-brown to tan colored liquid, and was named after the orange stripe on the 55-gallon drum in which it was stored. Herbicide Orange was sprayed from airplanes, helicopters, trucks, and backpacks in Vietnam from 1965 to 1970 to kill unwanted plants and remove leaves from trees (VA 2001, 2002). Use of 2, 4, 5-T is currently restricted in the United States (ATSDR 1998).

During the manufacturing process of 2,4,5-T, a contaminant 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) was produced in small quantities (ATSDR 1998). Many of the health effects resulting from exposure to Herbicide Orange are attributed to the presence of this contaminant. Many effects have been observed in animals following exposure to TCDD, and this contaminant is considered more toxic than the pure components of the herbicides used in Vietnam (NAS 2000).

From the EPA Mid Atlantic Super Fund Cleanup Status Report for Region 3:
"The hazardous substances and other contaminants of concern detected at VHFS included lead, TPH, chlordane, DDT, mercury, silver, PAH, PCB, dioxin/furans, benzo(a)pyrene and selenium. This contamination had been found in soil, surface water and sediment."

Vint Hill Farms Station EPA Toxic Waste Superfund Site (If you were there you need to read these):
RESEARCH - Compilation of my research in spreadsheet form (frequent updates)
ENVIRACON - Press Release (Toxic Cleanup Company)
SMC Inspection Report - Storming Media Pentagon Reports
EPA ROD 1 - EPA Record of Decision 1
EPA ROD 2 - EPA Record of Decision 2
EPA ROD 3 - EPA Record of Decision 3
EPA ROD 4 - EPA Record of Decision 4
EPA ROD 5 - EPA Record of Decision 5
EPA CURRENT STATUS - Of Vint Hill Farms Station
BRAC 1993 -  Army Report
SMOKING GUN - EPA Vint Hill Farms Site Report
TPP - Vint Hill Summary Report (U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers)
TPP WORK PLAN - Vint Hill Work Plan (U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers)
VHFS-GO - Vint Hill Farms Station Closure General Orders

  • 2,4-D - What is 2,4-D
  • SILVER - Toxicity and Silver Poisoning
  • MERCURY - Mercury Poisoning Symptoms
  • CHLORDANE - Chlordane Poisoning
  • AGENT ORANGE - Components and Toxicity
  • PAH - Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon
  • LEAD - Lead Poisoning
  • DIOXINS/FURANS - Polychlorinated dioxins and furans fact sheet
  • PBB/PCB - Environmental and chemical toxins and psychiatric illness
  • DDT - DDT poisoning
  • TPH - Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons

ATSDR - Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry 
  • Chlordane - Chlordane effects and medical management
  • Chlordane - Toxological Profile For Chlordane
  • DDT - Toxological Facts For DDT, DDD and DDE
  • Dioxin/Furans - Toxological Facts For Dioxin
  • CDF's - Toxological Facts For CHLORODIBENZOFURANS (CDFs)
  • LEAD - Toxological Profile For Lead
  • Mercury - Toxological Facts For Mercury
  • Mercury -  Toxological Profile For Mercury
  • Silver - Toxological Facts For Silver
  • Silver - Toxological Profile For Silver
  • VOC's
  • Zinc - Toxological Profile For Zinc
  • Zinc - Toxological Facts For Zinc

CDC - Center for Disease and Control and Prevention (Diseases and Conditions)

VA - United States Department of Veteran Affairs
VONAPP - Veterans Online Application (to apply for VA benefits).