Re: Camp Lejeune Water Contamination
Posted by marsha on 4/19/08
On 9/10/05, Carol Hill wrote:
> THE STAND
> FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
> Terry Dyer/Karen Strand
> Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
> CAMP LEJEUNE, NC RESIDENTS POTENTIALLY EXPOSED TO TOXIC
> Meetings on Capital Hill with Congressional Leaders
> Scheduled for September 21-23, 2005
> Did you live or work aboard Camp Lejeune, NC from 1964-
> 1985? Military service personnel and civilian workers
> who were on base during that time period were potentially
> exposed to several toxic chemicals in their drinking water,
> groundwater and the soil in certain areas of the base.
> Main housing areas were confirmed to be contaminated.
> Chemicals known to cause cancer and other illnesses in
> humans were present. Chemicals such as trichloroethylene
> (TCE), tetrachloroethylene(PCE), benzene, dichloroethylene
> (DCE), methylene chloride and vinyl chloride., among
> others, along with fuels were released into the water on
> base. Insecticides were found in the soil in parking lots
> and play areas.
> Hazardous contaminants were found at levels hundreds to
> thousands of times in excess of the range of health based
> standards according to tests conducted in 1982 and 1984.
> As a result, wells were taken offline in 1984 and 1985.
> “Camp Lejeune presents a groundwater contamination site of
> unusually high level of concern,” said Richard Mass, co-
> director of the Environmental Quality Institute at UNC
> Ashville and member of an independent panel formed to
> investigate the contamination of the Marine Base’s water
> systems. “It became clear to me from my work on the panel
> that our country had treated these people unfairly,” Maas
> Members of the group THE STAND, and other representatives
> of those affected are going to be in Washington, DC,
> September 21-23, meeting with congressional leaders to
> discuss the effect of this contamination and to request
> further investigation and remedies.
> The Stand was formed by military dependants affected by
> the groundwater contamination who saw the need for a united
> front of people who lived at Tarawa Terrace and Hadnot
> Point . The mission of the group, who’s membership
> continues to grow since 2002, is to receive justice for
> civilian, military and dependent peace-keepers that were
> wounded as a result of toxic chemical poisoning at Camp
> Lejeune, North Carolina. For more information please visit
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