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Published September 02, 2010, 06:43 PM

Grand Forks Air Force Base Says Recipients of Donated Homes Got Full Disclosure

Earlier this week a group from Washington D-C that found mold, asbestos and lead paint in some of the homes in Fort Totten.

By: Brady Mallory, WDAZ

Earlier this week a group from Washington D-C that found mold, asbestos and lead paint in some of the homes in Fort Totten.

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Ruth Ann Norton from the National Green and Healthy initiative says houses donated to the spirit lake nation from the Grand Forks and Minot Air Force Bases were rundown..

"The air base housing that was literally dumped here is substandard housing and we have to answer the questions of why that was allowed," said Norton.

The Grand Forks Air Force Base said the transfer agreement requires them to test the houses for things like asbestos and lead paint.

It is mandated they disclose all findings. A base environmental engineer says the houses have been on the reservation since 2001 and if there's mold there it was not there before.

The Air Force said if the conditions were not to the tribe's likings, they could have rejected the homes.

"These homes are not dumped..as that article says. They're not dumped on the tribes at all. They're offered to them. They can reject or accept them. They can go through them, inspect them..what they want with them," said Stephen Braun, Grand Forks Air Force Base Environmental Engineer.

The Air Force said it is actually more of a process donating these houses because they have to move them which costs much more than simply demolishing them.

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