EPA Says Chemical That Was In Camp Lejeune Water Causes Cancer

The Environmental Protection Agency has handed a major victory to veterans, civilian workers and families who lived at Camp LeJeune when its drinking water was polluted with a chemical.

The EPA says it will label trichloroethylene, a solvent used to remove grease from metal, a carcinogenic and harmful to humans.

This decision will help people seeking medical care for ailments linked to the pollution.

Some 71 Camp Lejeune veterans have been diagnosed with male breast cancer, and many others suffer rare forms of cancer, leukemia and other debilitating diseases. Children conceived, born and raised on the base are reported to have experienced high incidences of birth defects and developmental and childhood illnesses.

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, between 1957 and 1987, an estimated 750,000 people living and working at Camp Lejeune may have been exposed to drinking water contaminated with a host of toxic chemicals, including trichloroethylene.


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  • by Water Watcher Location: East Coast on Sep 30, 2011 at 05:57 AM
    Camp Lejeune Historic Drinking Water Web site - The Marine Corps encourages all those who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune before 1987 to register to receive notifications regarding Camp Lejeune Historic Drinking Water. The Department of the Navy is funding independent research initiatives. https://clnr.hqi.usmc.mil/clwater/home.html Click on "Learn More" for background and information. If you think you were exposed at Camp Lejeune, you can sign up on the registry to receive additional info.
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      by mary ann on Feb 4, 2012 at 06:41 AM in reply to Water Watcher
      I was at lejeune 1963-1964 does this include the base swimming pool? camp Johnson was called montford point then ( I went to a school there) the sir facility (new river) camp geiger lST ITR what about the barracks, I heard my bunkie died of leukemia not long after she left camp lejeune . ITR was infantry training regiment.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 30, 2011 at 05:48 AM
    WITN, when you say Lejeune does that mean Camp Geiger and Camp Johnson along with the Air Base?
  • by About time on Sep 30, 2011 at 02:24 AM
    Just imagine what will happen if the Republican and Tea Bag parties have their way and disband the EPA. No more government watch dogs to investigate claims like this. This country will become like China, where there is absolutely no concerns for protecting the environment and the average person is exposed to an endless list of industrial toxins. Of course I'm forgetting that, at least according to them, the "market" will police itself and keep that from happening. Oh, yeah, that'll happen. Just like how the banks and Wall Street have been so successful at policing themselves so far!
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      by Boats on Sep 30, 2011 at 08:45 AM in reply to About time
      I don't think anybody really wants to totally abolish the EPA. But you've gotta admit, they've lost touch with reality and are operating in a nether realm that is beyond reason much of the time.
  • by Boats Location: Beaufort on Sep 30, 2011 at 02:00 AM
    I never read. Did they ever determine how this chemical got into the water supply in the first place?
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      by Not sure but... on Sep 30, 2011 at 06:20 AM in reply to Boats
      It probably came from one of the many landfills the military dug over the last century. A number of other military bases have had to dig up old land fills for similar reasons: the toxins were leeching into the ground water. For years "out of sight" meant "out of mind". But we've since learned that policy will come back and haunt you.
  • by taxman Location: wilson on Sep 29, 2011 at 09:10 PM
    So Perry and his Republican bedfellows want to shut down the EPA ? Are you really sure you want to vote for irresponsible politicians like this ?
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      by WOW on Sep 30, 2011 at 02:01 AM in reply to taxman
      And who do you suggest?
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        by Anonymous on Sep 30, 2011 at 05:14 AM in reply to WOW
        Anybody that doesn't suggest shutting down the EPA?
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      by About time on Sep 30, 2011 at 02:32 AM in reply to taxman
      Agreed. Problem is that 2012 is shaping up to be one of the worst elections in history. We'll have to choose between Mr. "Do Nothing But Compromise" Obama or Mr./Ms. "Whacko Extremist" Republican. I sure wish we had a third choice. And no, I don't mean Ron Paul. If this herd of idiots is the best the US can muster to lead our country, we're in real trouble.
  • by not so on Sep 29, 2011 at 07:51 PM
    'a major victory'? shame that a major victory to someone is having it admitted to you that your government allowed your children to be poisoned. sounds more like a defeat to me.
  • by Devildog Location: Greeenville on Sep 29, 2011 at 07:47 PM
    My wife and I both have battled cancer. Many of my wife's classmates are deceased and had resided on base.
  • by Becky Location: gville on Sep 29, 2011 at 07:19 PM
    So sad for the families. It took how long to admit fault.
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      by The few the proud on Sep 29, 2011 at 09:40 PM in reply to Becky
      It's all about the cover up and downplaying of what happened to so many.
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