A former Marine has filed a $16 million lawsuit against the federal government, claiming that contaminated water at Camp Lejeune caused him to contract a rare form of breast cancer.
Joel Shriberg of Pinehurst said in Friday's lawsuit that he was diagnosed with the cancer in 2004, which has since spread to his lungs.
Shriberg was stationed at Camp Lejeune from 1957 to 1959.
Wells at the base were contaminated by fuel leaks and other sources of pollution before being closed two decades ago. Health officials think as many as 1 million people may have been exposed to tainted water.
Other former residents have filed lawsuits and disability claims related to the pollution.
The Marine Corps could not be reached immediately Monday morning.
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