Lawyers File Suit Over Water At Camp Lejeune

A woman whose husband was stationed at a North Carolina base has filed a lawsuit alleging the government knowingly exposed hundreds of thousands of Marines to highly contaminated drinking water.

The lawsuit on behalf of 45-year-old Laura Jones was filed Saturday in U.S. District Court in Raleigh. The lawsuit said Jones now lives in Iowa and suffers from lymphoma.

Attorneys for Jones said the chemicals in the water at Camp Lejeune caused numerous health problems including cancers, reproductive disorders and birth defects. Health officials think as many as 1 million people may have been exposed.

A government report released earlier this month found contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune can't definitively be linked to health problems. A spokesman for the Marines didn't immediately return a message seeking comment.

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  • by mike Location: kinston on Jul 7, 2009 at 10:15 AM
    Of course the govt study found no definitive link between the tainted watwer and health problems. This is the case for 2 reasons. First, if they admit responsibility it will cost them many millions of dollars to discharge their responsibilty and second, because military people (esp. Marines) have always been considered expendable. So you can expect the govt to continue to deny any and all responsibility here.
  • by Sgt Location: Washington on Jul 6, 2009 at 11:26 AM
    Stationed at Camp Lejeune with base housing at TT2 from 81-84,and after 25 years of testing the USMC and the Government still wants to do more testing and researching....FOR WHAT??!!! Take responsilbility. Just goes to show that the government doesn't care about military personal or their families.

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