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Camp Lejeune in southeastern North Carolina has a disturbingly toxic past when it comes to its tap water. Although considered safe now, there seems to be evidence that it had been unhealthy and perhaps toxic to human consumption. In fact, once full details come to light it may be shown to have been contaminated for decades.

This discovery has two U.S. senators from North Carolina seeking information on past water contamination at Camp Lejeune from the acting secretary of the Navy. Senator Kay Hagan and Senator Richard Burr have sent a letter to Acting Secretary B.J. Penn seeking details about gaps in information that has been brought to the surface.

Evidently, an older 1997 assessment of health effects Federal health officials originally created regarding the possible contamination at Camp Lejeune is planned to be withdrawn because of omissions and scientific inaccuracy. The older statement apparently states that the chemicals had posed little or no cancer risk to people at Camp Lejeune which looks to be false in light of the latest evidence.

Chlorinated hydrocarbons as well as the chemicals tetrachloroethylene (PCE), a dry-cleaning solvent, and trichlrorehylene (TCE), a degreaser, were detected in the water which served housing, schools, other buildings and swimming pools at Camp Lejeune.

Health authorities speculate that there may have been as many as 1 million people exposed to water toxins over a span of about three decades before the wells were closed back in 1987.

Did you know that the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) must periodically publish this list of contaminants (called the Contaminant Candidate List or CCL) and decide whether to regulate at least five or more contaminants on the list (called Regulatory Determinations)? The EPA uses this list of unregulated contaminants to prioritize research and data collection efforts to help us determine whether we should regulate a specific contaminant.

About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper, Lewis & Appleton personal injury law firm (VA-NC law offices ) edits the injury law blogs Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard, as well as the Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard as a pro bono service to consumers. Lawyers licensed in: VA, NC, SC, WV, DC, KY, who handle car, truck, railroad, and medical negligence cases and more. BM

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