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    Re: Camp Lejeune Water Contamination

    Posted by David Venturato on 7/21/09

    On 12/26/08, vance knight wrote:
    > On 1/30/07, CONAN HOLBROOK wrote:
    >> On 9/10/05, Carol Hill wrote:
    >>> THE STAND
    >>> Terry Dyer/Karen Strand
    >>> Email:
    >>> I was at Camp in1964 for training
    >>> 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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