Camp Lejeune Toxic Water May Date Back To 1948

A lawmaker wants congressional leaders to hold more hearings on water contamination at Camp Lejeune.

Democratic Rep. John Dingell of Michigan has sent a letter to the leaders of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce asking for the hearings. He cited a report by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry which outlines the contamination that's led to a long-running dispute between former residents and the Marines Corps.

TCE, an industrial solvent now known as a human carcinogen, likely first exceeded the maximum contaminant level in August 1953, but evidence in the report shows its presence in the water supply might date as far back as November 1948.

A copy of the report was obtained Thursday by The Associated Press. The agency was scheduled to release the report Friday.

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A federal agency's reconstruction of decades of toxic drinking water at Camp Lejeune says the contamination could date to 1948, five years earlier than researchers have previously reported.

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry is releasing its report Friday reconstructing the contamination. The Associated Press obtained a copy Thursday.

The agency report says an industrial solvent called TCE likely first exceeded the maximum contaminant level in August 1953. But evidence shows it might go back as far as November 1948. TCE is now a known human carcinogen.

In January, the agency tentatively set 1953 as the starting date for the contamination in Lejeune's residential area called Hadnot Point. A law passed last year granted health care and screening to Lejeune Marines and their dependents between 1957 and 1987.

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