A North Carolina congressman says thousands of newly released documents about water contamination at Camp Lejeune add to the evidence that the military knew about and covered up the tainted water that is blamed for deaths and illnesses among Marines and their families.
Democratic Rep. Brad Miller said Friday the military has minimized the health effects for 30 years.
More than 8,500 Defense Department documents related to the contamination were released Thursday. The release came the same week the Senate approved a bill to provide health care for Marines and their relatives who suffered because of the contamination.
The bill covers Marines who lived or worked at the base from Jan. 1, 1957, to Dec. 31, 1987.
Miller says the House is expected to consider the bill by early August.
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