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Camp Lejeune Toxic Tap Water Update

North Carolina's two U.S. senators will write the acting secretary of the Navy seeking information on past water contamination at Camp Lejeune.

Sen. Kay Hagan said during a conference call that she and Sen. Richard Burr would send a letter to Acting Secretary B.J. Penn seeking details about gaps in information.

Federal health officials plan to withdraw a 1997 assessment of health effects from the contamination at Camp Lejeune because of omissions and scientific inaccuracy. The past statement had said the chemicals posed little or no cancer risk to people at Camp Lejeune.

Health officials now think that as many as 1 million people may have been exposed to water toxins over a span of about three decades before the wells were closed 22 years ago.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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