Federal Agency Begins Survey About Lejeune Water

A federal survey of diseases that may be related to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune is beginning this week as officials investigate the exposure of as many as 1 million people to toxins over three decades.

The Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry will send surveys to more than 300,000 people who lived or worked at the Marine base or at Camp Pendleton, Calif., before 1986 so responses can be compared. Agency Director Christopher Portier says ATSDR also will conduct an internal survey that will provide individuals with their level of exposure to various chemicals.

Officials believe as many as 1 million people may have been exposed to tainted water before the wells were closed more than 20 years ago.

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  • by Anonymous on Jun 23, 2011 at 08:27 AM
    This is a part of the coverup plan. Think of what it would cost to compensate all the affected people- Yikes! The government is already in very serious debt.
  • by Deseree Location: New Bern on Jun 23, 2011 at 07:58 AM
    Seriously? A Federal agency will spend how many US dollars to find out how many people got sick 20 yrs ago. Ridiculous.
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      by MPS on Jun 23, 2011 at 08:14 AM in reply to Deseree
      More than 20 years?, goes back to late 50's. We lived there 60-62. Neighbor's son was born with clef lip and palate, and my husband developed Parkinson's. Caused many problems.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 23, 2011 at 09:06 AM in reply to Deseree
      It's ridiculous to investigate what amounts to basically poisoning people over deacades? I suppose if you had a family member who devolped cancer, or a child that was born with a birth-defect that was caused by the drinking water you'd be perfectly fine with that and wawnt no compensation?

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