A yearlong investigation by Reuters linked multiple cases of elevated blood-lead levels in young children to the presence of lead-based paint in family housing at several large Army installations. The investigation also found that some installations failed to report the test results for military children to state health authorities. Last month, though, the Army said it had “instituted new procedures to ensure that all reporting requirements are properly observed” nationwide. The partnership that manages family housing at Fort Knox, Ky., implemented a lead abatement program after installation leaders learned about high levels in peeling paint from homes in one neighborhood. … DOD’s Inspector General has opened an investigation into the practice of open burning of ammunition and explosives at U.S. military sites, including Radford Army Ammunition Plant in southwest Virginia. The investigation will evaluate DOD’s compliance with “relevant environmental and related laws, inter-agency and municipal agreements, and policy,” according to the inspector general’s office, reported Army Times. The announcement was prompted by a congressional request and follows an in-depth investigation by ProPublica.
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