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Burr, Hagan encourage Navy to fund Lejeune water study

Reported by Scott Saxton email

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WECT) - United States Senators Kay Hagan (D-NC) and Richard Burr (R-NC) joined the two Senators from the state of Florida in encouraging the Navy to fund studies of drinking water at Camp Lejeune through the Centers for Disease Control.
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Click here to read the letter written to the Navy
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Water supplied to Camp Lejeune's main family housing areas was contaminated by dry cleaning solvents and other sources. Health officials believe as many as 1 million people may have been exposed to the toxins before the wells were closed 22 years ago.

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry under the CDC has requested a comprehensive mortality study, but the Navy has yet to commit to funding it.  The study would cost approximately $1.8 million, according to the release from the Senators.

Hagan and Burr have also attempted to block the disposal of contamination claims before studies can be completed on them.


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