Senator Hagan calls for congressional hearing about Camp Lejeune water

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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Senator Kay Hagan is calling for a congressional hearing about contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune.

A report released over the weekend reveals there is evidence residents on base have been exposed to chemicals, but there was no link to birth defects, cancer, or other ailments.

Hagan said the report downplays the potential health effects, and said residents and base personnel need closure on the issue.

Terry Dyer now lives in Wilmington, but spent 15 years of her life living at Camp Lejeune.  She said there are significant scientific barriers that prevent them from linking the water to health problems people have reported over the years.

Dyer has made several trips to Capitol Hill, meeting with lawmakers about the contamination and doesn't think enough research has been done.

"When you have a study you have water molly and data that they're researching and they didn't do any of that," said Dyer.  "And I think people need to realize that, because all they're hearing and reading are the headlines no link, there's no correlation from water and that's not true."

Dyer says she's waiting on statements from Senator Richard Burr and Kay Hagan's offices to see what they think of the report before she decides what to do next.

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