2009 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Fri, 16 Oct 2009 13:01:06 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] VOCs: St. Petersburg Times reviews Camp Lejeune (NC) documents
Unlikely cancers shake faith in Corps

By William R. Levesque
St. Petersburg Times (FL)
October 16, 2009

The U.S. Marine Corps has long assured the public that it closed drinking water wells at Camp Lejeune as soon as it found they were tainted with toxic chemicals.

But a St. Petersburg Times review of Marine Corps documents shows the base failed to close the wells for years - despite stark warnings that its drinking water was befouled by industrial cleaning solvents.

The Corps then provided misleading and incomplete information about the contamination to regulators, the public and its Marines, the review shows.

Today, former Marines and their family members - dubbed "Poisoned Patriots" by Congress - wonder if contaminated water at the North Carolina camp sickened them. At least 146,000 people who lived at Camp Lejeune have signed up to a Marine health registry. The list includes more than 12,000 Floridians. Only one state, North Carolina, has more.


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