Toxic Kitsap and Polluted Puget
Kitsap County, Bremerton, WA
Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
This is about the high incidence of cancer at Puget
Sound Naval Shipyard.
It is about my life as a shipyard worker and cancer survivor.
In February of 1993, I was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). I have, in the course of my own treatment, discovered that the incidence of leukemia in Kitsap County and Puget Sound Naval Shipyard appears to be catastrophic.
The incidence of chronic myeloid leukemia among Puget Sound Naval Shipyard employees is 68.9 times the national average. The increase of the incidence of chronic myeloid leukemia among the Atomic bomb survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was 20-25 times normal, which is approximately 1/3 of the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard rate. This adds a new meaning to living and working at Ground Zero.
I worked for 37+ years as an electronics/engineering technician in the US Army, at the Boeing Company, and Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. I was a Microwave Radio Technician for the US Army and stationed at Ft. Meyer, VA and Camp David, MD from 1959-1961. I worked at the Boeing Company for three years (1961-1964). In April 1964, I began my employment at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard. Since April 1994, I have been on a Federal disability annuity related to my leukemia.
During my years of employment, I was an active union member and leader. While working for the Boeing Company (1961-1964), I was elected the Recording Secretary of Machinist Union Local 751E. During my career at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard (1964-1994), I served as a shop steward and Chief Steward for Machinist Union Local 282, Acting Bremerton Metal Trades Council President, and Area representative for the IFPTE.
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- Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation -The Meso Foundation is the only non-profit organization dedicated to ending mesothelioma and the suffering caused by it, by funding research, providing education and support for patients and their families, and by advocating for federal funding of mesothelioma research.
- Mesothelioma Causes - The Mesothelioma Cancer Center offers the most comprehensive and updated information on asbestos exposure and mesothelioma including what to do if you have received a mesothelioma prognosis.
- Asbestos Stonewall - The Sun editorial opinion. Published in The Sun: 10/20/1977
The Sun lashed out at the Navy for stonewalling early attempts to protect workers and remove asbestos from the workplace. I am having the same problem with other toxic substances that cause other cancers. See my Freedom of Information Act requests.
On 11-05-2001, I received the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard Annual Report of Navy Civilian Occupational Injuries and Illnesses for FY 1989 - 2000 in response to my FOIA request. These reports show no deaths and few lost time days even though hundreds of employees are ill or have died from asbestos related illnesses alone like mesothelioma.
Laws related to the workers' "right to know" and the employers' "obligation to tell" are being ignored or stonewalled. Accurate records and periodic reports on work-related deaths, injuries and illnesses are not maintained.
This is the law: Standards - 29 CFR Part 1904
This is the Navy & Marine Corps Mishap and Safety Investigation, Reporting, And Record Keeping Manual - OPNAVINST 5102.1D
The Navy and OWCP stonewalls every effort to receive workers' compensation for occupational illness. I contend that the findings of congress for DOE nuclear employees would be nearly identical for Navy civilian employees. The Department of Navy's policy to litigate occupational illness claims has deterred workers from filing workers compensation claims and imposed major financial burdens for workers who sought compensation. Affected DOE employees or their survivors are presently being awarded $150,000 by the new law. All other federal employees continue to be excluded from any compensation.
My worker's compensation claims
Links to workers' compensation and occupational and safety issues
Diseases - A Guide to Their Recognition
Revised Edition June 1997
DHEW (NIOSH) Publication No. 77-181
Library of Congress Card No. 78-600685
US Government Printing Office: 1987-751-422
Guide to The Work Relatedness of Disease - National
Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, January 1979
DHEW (NIOSH) Publication no. 79-116
DHEW (NIOSH) Publication no. 79-116
US Government Printing Office: 1979-658-359
Disorders and Workplace Factors - A Critical Review of Epidemiologic Evidence for Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders of the Neck, Upper Extremity, and Low Back
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Public Health Service
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 - states that the duties of Navy as an employer are: (1) shall furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees; (2) shall comply with occupational safety and health standards promulgated under this Act.
Navy concedes sex bias in woman's case - about Tiny M. York who was my next door neighbor. Her supervisor even destroyed a workers compensation claim she filed for an on-the-job injury.
More web pages about issues that concern me
Health and Safety
World Trade Center Disaster Worker and Environmental Health Information
Working in or living near Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and other like places are akin to WTC 9/11 disasters in slow-motion that is on going without notice.
About Richard Ketter - When government is the enemy
Navy Contractor Poisons the People of Bremerton
- The repainting of the Puget Sound land mark Hammerhead Crane dumped
many tons of lead on
the workers and the community. This job has spread significant amounts of lead
throughout the community, even to the children of my neighborhood.
This is about my neighbor and friend, who was tormented and threatened for complaining about his own exposure. He was called a "nark", threatened with a box knife and told he should have his throat cut during an encounter with a hostile worker up 150 feet in the Hammerhead Crane.
I welcome your comments and suggestions.
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Last Updated on 07/30/14