Tainted water study at Camp Lejeune could be conflict of interest

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CAMP LEJEUNE, NC (WECT) - A Florida newspaper is reporting that a study conducted on water contamination at Camp Lejeune could be a conflict of interest.

According to the St. Petersburg Times, the Marine Corps quietly negotiated a $600,000 contract with the National Research Council months before the council released a report regarding tainted water at Camp Lejeune.

The report released in June stated science could not link polluted water at Camp Lejeune to illnesses suffered by thousands of people who lived on the base in the 1940's and 1950's.

"We felt like, all along, when the NRC came out with their report, we felt like it stunk. It just didn't make sense. There's enough science out there, there are enough epidemiologists and toxicologists that have done studies that tell us what these chemicals do," said Terry Dyer, the director of a local organization called The STAND which is trying to prove that there was tainted water at Camp Lejeune.

Dyer is battling bladder cancer, but says once she's well, she plans to take the new findings to Capitol Hill.

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