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
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
"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.
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