The Environmental Protection Agency is investigating whether cancer-causing radioactive material was buried in the 1980s near a rifle range at Camp Lejeune.
A recently recovered Navy document dated 1981 says the material
included 160 pounds of soil and two animal carcasses laced with an
isotope that causes cancer and leukemia.
The document says the dirt, carcasses and other materials
containing strontium-90 originated at a naval research lab near the
base and were buried in a remote area.
According to the paperwork, the waste was later recovered,
"safely stored" and was awaiting shipment to an approved disposal
site in South Carolina.
The information was uncovered by Jerry Ensminger who says contaminated tap water aboard the base in the 1980's is responsible for the death of his 9 year old daughter Janey, who died from leukemia. Ensminger also testified last month before a congressional panel in Washington D.C. about cancers and other illnesses he and other families believe are blamed on the tainted tap water.
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