Saturday, January 19, 2013

Agency: N.C. Camp Lejeune water contaminated in 1953
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Tens of thousands more Marines and their relatives could be eligible for government health care for their illnesses now that a federal agency determined that the water at North Carolina's Camp Lejeune was contaminated four years earlier than previously thought.
In a letter to the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry said computer modeling shows that drinking water in the residential Hadnot Point area was unsafe for human consumption as far back as 1953. President Barack Obama signed a law last year granting health care and screening to Marines and their dependents on the base between 1957 and 1987.
"This is yet another piece of the puzzle that's coming together and slowly exposing the extent of the contamination at Camp Lejeune — and the Marine Corps' culpability and negligence," said Mike Partain, a Marine's son who was born at the southeast North Carolina base and who says he is one of at least 82 men diagnosed with breast cancer. "This is four years overdue."
The Marines were slow to react after groundwater sampling first showed contamination on the base in the early 1980s. Some drinking water wells were closed in 1984 and 1985, after further testing confirmed contamination from leaking fuel tanks and an off-base dry cleaner.


  1. I off-loaded barrels of Agent Orange mixed with barrels of so called cleaning solvents. During the spring & summer of 1976 at Camp Lejuene sand pit dump site. Marines in protective suits were busy burying the barrels in a sand pit. Using bulldozers and a road-grader.

  2. To the person who left this comment, please contact me! My boyfriend dug up a barrel of Agent Orange and now has a bone marrow disease. The military refuses to believe it. Please email me!

  3. To the person who left this comment, PLEASE get in touch with me! I am desperate to prove there are buried Agent Orange barrels at Camp Lejeune and your statement would be immensely helpful. Please email me at