State Senators Want Navy To Fund Toxic Water Study

North Carolina's two senators are again pushing the Navy to fund a critical study on contaminated drinking water at a Marine base.

Sens. Richard Burr and Kay Hagan are among four senators urging the Navy Wednesday to fund a $1.8 million mortality study. The study will determine if there are higher mortality rates for active duty Marines who served at the base during the years that the water was contaminated.

Water supplied to Camp Lejeune's main family housing areas was contaminated by dry cleaning solvents and other sources. Health officials believe as many as 1 million people may have been exposed to the toxins before the wells were closed 22 years ago.

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