RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A bipartisan group of U.S. senators and
congressmen is urging the Centers for Disease Control to complete a new,
comprehensive report on the health effects of toxic tap water at the
Camp Lejeune Marine base.
The lawmakers also want the agency to
investigate whether people were exposed to airborne toxins inside
buildings after contaminated wells at the North Carolina base were
closed in 1985. And they asked the agency to look into the feasibility
of a "cancer incidence study" for Lejeune.
The four senators and
two representatives were reacting to news that the Agency for Toxic
Substances and Disease Registry, or ATSDR, a division of the CDC,
intends to issue a less comprehensive report than the one it released in
1997. The original public health assessment was withdrawn four years
ago because of incomplete data.
They said they also are concerned the agency will ignore "the
potential for harmful exposures via inhalation" in the decade and a half
after contaminated wells at the coastal North Carolina base were taken
The Aug. 9 letter to CDC Director Thomas R. Frieden was
signed by U.S. Sens. Richard Burr and Kay Hagan of North Carolina; Sens.
Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson of Florida; and U.S. Reps. Dennis Ross of
Florida and John Dingell of Michigan.
"Public Health Assessments
are essential and critical to ensuring full and complete information
about exposures to hazardous substances is available to the public," the
six legislators wrote.
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Lejeune's child day care which closed in 1983 was in Building 712 which
was the former Pesticide and Herbicide storage shop and mixing station
since WWII. 7.5 million ppb of DDT was found in the soil near the
playground. The soil was removed in 1994 and taken to an incinerator in Kentucky.