Camp Lejeune Toxic Tap Water Update

North Carolina's two U.S. senators will write the acting secretary of the Navy seeking information on past water contamination at Camp Lejeune.

Sen. Kay Hagan said during a conference call that she and Sen. Richard Burr would send a letter to Acting Secretary B.J. Penn seeking details about gaps in information.

Federal health officials plan to withdraw a 1997 assessment of health effects from the contamination at Camp Lejeune because of omissions and scientific inaccuracy. The past statement had said the chemicals posed little or no cancer risk to people at Camp Lejeune.

Health officials now think that as many as 1 million people may have been exposed to water toxins over a span of about three decades before the wells were closed 22 years ago.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Nancy E Location: Huntsville, AL on May 28, 2009 at 07:55 PM
    I was stationed at Camp Lejeune from 1989-1993 but I got Lyme disease when I was stationed at NNMC Bethesda and lived in Germantown, MD. Lack of follow-up by the Navy allowed me to have active Lyme disease for 6 years before I was tested for another ailment and found the Lyme was still active. Lyme testing is a simple blood test. I was stationed at Courthouse Bay and French Creek Dental at Lejeune.
  • by Ray B Location: Columbus, OH on May 20, 2009 at 03:48 AM
    I was stationed at Lejeune 90-93. We had a serious Lyme disease problem (from tick bites), and it has destroyed my life. I am finally getting treatment for it (18 years late). If the "anon williamston" poster is checking this: have your dad checked for Lyme Disease. It can mimic ALS.
  • by Jody Location: Tampa Bay, FL on May 13, 2009 at 01:47 PM
    I appreciate the coverage of the Camp LeJeune Toxic Water Contamimination. My husband was a victim, and this will help save others from suffering the same fate we have lived. We lost him in 2004. Please continue your support of Senator Hagen's and Senator Burr's ongoing progress in this matter. Alert as many Marines as you can... If we had known about the contamination, we could have saved my husband's life. You are making a diference by doing articles like this. Thank you.
  • by anonymous Location: williamston on May 13, 2009 at 12:21 PM
    They need to find out what exactly was in that water. My dad was station there during that time, and years later he was diagnosed with ALS. These veterans are exposed to more than we realize. Hopefully they can figure out what is going on..
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