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Senate Hears Testimony on DoD Toxic Soup

by Robert O'Dowd, Staff Writer

The Defense Department is the biggest owner of EPA Superfund sites. Over 130 military bases are on the National Priority List (EPA Superfund).

In his opening statement today, Senator Daniel Akaka, Chairman, Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, noted the requirement for the VA to provide health care and compensation to veterans who were harmed by exposures while in the military.

According to Senator Akaka, DOD "must first determine who was exposed, what they were exposed to, and the health consequences of such exposure, and then share that information with VA."

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