2004 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 7 Oct 2004 23:06:36 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Campe Lejeune panel reports on TCE history
Water Probe Backs Marine Corps Defense 
Critics Say Contamination Caused Illnesses at Base 

By Manuel Roig-Franzia
Washington Post 
October 7, 2004

MIAMI, Oct. 6 -- The Marine Corps failed to evaluate health risks after
discovering toxic chemicals in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune, N.C.,
in the early 1980s and did not provide enough detailed information about
the contamination to residents of base housing, according to a report
issued on Tuesday by an investigatory panel.

The panel, appointed in February by Gen. Michael W. Hagee, commandant of
the Marine Corps, criticized military water experts for not helping base
officials "understand the significance of the contamination," but it
ultimately concluded that the Marine Corps "acted responsibly."

The panel's report agreed with the central tenet of the Marine Corps's
defense of its actions at Lejeune, saying there were no federal
standards at the time and that the base's water quality was comparable
to that of municipal water systems of the era.


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Lenny Siegel
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