In June, Collins asked the CDC’s Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry to review a 2007 Canadian study of health risks from herbicides used at Gagetown and advise her office on levels of chemicals that were sprayed at the base. The CDC expressed no qualms with the Canadian report’s findings.
“We concluded that concentrations of contaminants at CFB Gagetown did not represent a public health hazard to members of the U.S. military or National Guard,” CDC Director Thomas Frieden wrote to Collins on March 1 in a letter accompanying the report. “While exposures may have occurred during training at CFB, the levels of herbicide were below levels of concern for both cancerous and non-cancerous health effects.”
Veterans administration officials in the U.S. and Canada have rejected almost all claims except those filed by service members who served at Gagetown in 1966 and 1967, when the U.S. military tested Agent Orange there.