No Health Risk at Gagetown Military Base

Updated 2 years ago

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – Maine veterans are expressing disappointment with a new federal report that concludes that Agent Orange and other herbicides at a Canadian military base posed no health risks to thousands of National Guard members from Maine and other states who trained there. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s report agrees with a Canadian study that concluded that contaminants at the Gagetown base in New Brunswick didn’t pose a health threat. Thousands of Maine soldiers trained at Gagetown from 1971 to 2006, and more than 100 have unsuccessfully sought disability benefits for health problems believed linked to the base. Carroll Jandreau, of Fort Kent, tells the Maine Sunday Telegram (http://bit.ly/YjiPL4 ) that many who trained there died from kidney cancer, and that he’s had renal cancer, diabetes and breathing problems. ___ Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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