COVER UP – 1982 CDC Formaldehyde poisoning report at Customs Office on Treasure Island – nobody told them about the Biological Warfare Training

Lists of chemicals including Formaldhyde using in Biological Warfare Defense Training Manual 1953 below

The Navy forgot to mention to the CDC and the NIH its use of Formaldhyde in Biological Warfare Training at Treasure Island and allowed these people to be harmed. The NIH investigated why these people were showing signs of Fomaldehyde Poisoning, but instead of evacuating everyone the Navy decided to COVER IT UP!

Training in Formaldehyde

Biological Warfare Defense 1953
Biologicla Warfare Defense 1953


The training manual Biological Warfare Defense 1953 used on Treasure Island details the use of these toxic chemicals in the cleaning up of biological contamination at the Chemical Warfare School on Treasure Island.

Biological Warfare Defense 1953

As you can see the trainers would purposely infect vehicles for Atomic, Biological and Radiological Defense and this was the method used for Biological Training decontamination. For Chemical and Radiological decontamination they were dressed in chemical suits and washed the contaminents directly off of the vehicles and equipment and that is why this tiny Navy Base had several bus painting facilities to decontaminate and repaint the equipment for reuse in training.

ABC Warfare Defense 1960, 1963

ABC Warfare Defense 1960, 1963 Field Gun at Treasure Iland being decontaminated. That’s Alcatraz and the Marine Headlines in the background.

The CDC Report:
Link to page on CDC website Health Hazard Evaluation Report No. HETA 82-176-1236

PDF report:
Health hazard evaluation report: HETA-82-176-1236, U. S. Customs Service, Patrol Division Office, Treasure Island, San Francisco, California
Worker exposures to formaldehyde (50000) were investigated on April 21, 1982 at the United States Customs Service Patrol Division Office (SIC-9999) at Treasure Island, San Francisco, California. The evaluation was requested by the National Treasury Employees Union, Chapter 165, on behalf of eight workers who complained of eye, nose and throat irritation. Area air samples were analyzed, and employees were questioned about medical symptoms. Air samples contained 0.15 to 0.23 parts per million of formaldehyde. NIOSH recommends that formaldehyde exposures be kept to the lowest feasible limit. The workers reported eye and respiratory irritation, cough, chest tightness, headache, nausea, and fatigue. The authors conclude that formaldehyde exposure hazard exists at this work site. They recommend improvement of the ventilation system.

Biological Warfare Defense 1953, Training manual used in the radiological training at joint training bases: Chemical Corps School, Fort McClellan, Alabama, and at the United States Damage Control and Training Center, Treasure Island, California. These were joint base training meaning all military personnel and certain civilians were training the same training at each of these bases.
Where a person trained was based on geography, where they were based and when the coursesw were given. Lists of the Training were published in the Magazine Naval Training Bulletin for decades.

I created a chronology page to show some of the training.

The Army Biological Warfare lab was at Fort Baker in Golden Gate National Park. It was closed in the late 70s after an outbreak of Q Fever which is a biological weapon outlawed by treaty. Today kids learn about the nature of the park at that location. It was associated with Letterman Army Center on the Presidio.

The Navy Biological Warfare Lab was in the Naval Depot in Oakland.

Biological Warfare Defense 1953

Table 4 Standard Chemical Suitable for Biological Decontamination



Biological Warfare Defense 1953
Biological Warfare Defense 1953


Biological Warfare Defense 1953

Table 5 Chlorine Counds used as Biological Warfare Decontaminates

Biological Warfare Defense 1953

Table 6 Items Useful in Biological Warfare and Normally in Station Stocks

Biological Warfare Defense 1953
Biological Warfare Defense 1953
Biological Warfare Defense 1953
Biological Warfare Defense 1953
Biological Warfare Defense 1953




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