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.

Click here to read the letter written to the Navy

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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