Controversy continues over linking 30 years of contaminated drinking water at the Camp Lejeune U.S. Marine Corps base in North Carolina to cancers and severe illnesses in veterans and their families who were stationed there during the years 1957 to 1987.
The Congressional sub-committee that has been working on establishing that link recently sent a letter to the Navy accusing the military of misleading veterans by being reluctant to inform them of scientific findings about the contamination.
Congress mandated the military in 2008 to notify Camp Lejeune veterans of the potential harm the contaminated water supply may have caused to their health. However, the information has not been corrected and the more than 160,000 people who signed up to receive information on the contamination have not been notified.
The letter raises concerns that:
- The Navy continues to recognize a report that the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) had withdrawn in 2009 because it did not consider the effects of benzene in the water supply.
- The Marine Corps has not corrected misinformation about Camp Lejeune contamination on its Web site.
- The Navy has not taken down an inaccurate booklet about the contamination from its Web site
- The Navy has not agreed to a review by ATSDR of public relations materials to ensure scientific accuracy.
They also oppose the Navy’s plan to survey the 160,000 people who requested information to ask if they want more or less information saying “It is inconceivable to us that Camp Lejeune registrants would want to have less information flow about a subject that concerns their health and well-being.”
Read the News Tribune article “Lawmakers Blast Navy over Lejeune Water Contamination.”
For more background information on the Camp Lejeune controversy, please read our article “Did Camp Lejeune’s Contaminated Water Supply Lead to Illnesses?”
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