Bill allows Camp Lejeune water cases to go forward

Posted by Doug Wahl - email

JACKSONVILLE, nc (wect)-Buried in a defense funding bill signed this week by President Obama is a measure that prevents Naval courts from having jurisdiction over lawsuits stemming from toxic base drinking water.

Thousands of former Camp Lejeune residents have officially complained of ailments they believe related to high concentrations of the dry cleaning chemicals TCE and PCE in drinking water at Lejeune between the 1950s and 1980's.

A spokesperson for the Navy, Lt. Laura Stegherr, said Tuesday, "The Navy supports the National Defense Appropriations Act as passed by Congress and signed by the president. We are ready to execute those decisions in the time frames directed."

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