FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) – U.S. Senator David Perdue and Senator Johnny Isakson are seeking answers after reports of dangerous lead levels at Fort Benning, and the military base is now responding.
Fort Benning responded to the reports saying that they make sure homes are ready to move into when the lease is signed and that the home is safe and meets EPA standards.
Fort Benning's Spokesman Ben Garrett released the following statement:
Senator Perdue was joined by U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Tim Kaine (D-VA), and Mark Warner (D-VA) in sending a letter to the Secretary of the Army Mark Esper raising concerns about the report:
On Tuesday, August 21, in a Senate Armed Services hearing, Senator Perdue submitted a question for the record regarding the report of dangerous lead levels at Fort Benning to Mr. Alex Beehler, nominee to be Assistant Secretary of the Army for Energy, Installations, and Environment.
Perdue asked the following question:
On Thursday, August 23, Perdue and Isakson, joined a bipartisan group of senators secured an amendment to the FY19 defense funding bill requiring the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to report on the monitoring and remediation of lead and verifiable compliance with lead exposure limits in military housing.
"Families are the backbone of the military. We owe it to our men and women in uniform to ensure their families have access to safe and comfortable housing on base, especially here on American soil," said Senator Perdue.
Perdue also says he is concerned with the recent reports that military families and children have been exposed to dangerous lead conditions at Fort Benning and other installations across the country.
"We are actively working to get more information from the Army, so we can chart the best path forward and improve the safety of on-base housing at Fort Benning and beyond," he said.
We have reached out to Fort Benning for a statement.