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    Re: Camp Lejeune Water Contamination

    Posted by marsha on 4/19/08

    On 9/10/05, Carol Hill wrote:
    > Terry Dyer/Karen Strand

    > Email:
    > 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
    > said.
    > 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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