Retired Marine Says Corps Should Keep Water Info Public

A U.S. Senate committee is hearing about the military's attempt to delete information from a report about contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune.

The Senate Judiciary Committee heard from Jerry Ensminger of Elizabethtown, a retired Marine whose 9-year-old daughter died of leukemia in 1985. Ensminger told the committee that information the military wants to delete from a report could mean life or death for contamination victims.

Wells at Camp Lejeune were contaminated by fuel leaks and other sources before tests alerted officials to the problem. Health officials think as many as 1 million people may have been exposed to tainted water before the wells were closed.

Ensminger is testifying about the Marine Corps' request that information about the location of water systems be left out of a federal report.

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  • by Devil Dog Location: Greenville,NC on Mar 13, 2012 at 03:38 PM
    My wife, daughter and me have all been exposed to this spill. We have experienced cancer, heart disease and arthritis to name a few ailments. Many of our friends have passed away do to cancer. It is atocious how the government has been delaying compensation to victims. I guess the government will settle once all claimants are dead!
  • by A Veteran on Mar 13, 2012 at 12:15 PM
    This whole case just makes me sick to my stomach! This is our wonderful government at work!!!!!!!

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