A recent investigative report by Reuters claims that at least 31 children who lived in on-post housing at the Army’s Fort Benning in Georgia tested high for lead. Additionally, at least 77 more children tested high for lead at Fort Polk in Louisiana, Fort Riley in Kansas, and Fort Hood & Fort Bliss in Texas. According to the report, the cause for the poisoning was lead-based paint from dust and peeling or flaking of painted areas in aging homes. Other Army housing or structures reported with seriously high levels of lead include Fort Knox in Kentucky and the United States Military Academy at West Point in New York.
Thanks to the research by Reuters, some installations and commands such as Fort Knox have begun initiatives in response to the findings, while others like Fort Benning have issued messages to its families to not participate in any investigation regarding lead. Though the Army declined to comment on the lead findings, a written statement from Army spokeswoman Col. Kathleen Turner was released to Reuters according to www.armytimes.com.
“We are committed to providing a safe and secure environment on all of our installations.”