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PRESS RELEASE 9/10/2005 (THIS INCLUDES BENZENE) - posted by B. on 7/31/2012
On 9/10/05



Terry Dyer/Karen Strand



Meetings on Capital Hill with Congressional Leaders Scheduled for September 21-23, 2005

Did you live or work aboard Camp Lejeune, NC from 1964- 1985? Military service personnel and civilian workers who were on base during that time period were potentially exposed to several toxic chemicals in their drinking water, groundwater and the soil in certain areas of the base.

Main housing areas were confirmed to be contaminated.

Chemicals known to cause cancer and other illnesses in humans were present. Chemicals such as trichloroethylene(TCE), tetrachloroethylene(PCE), benzene, dichloroethylene (DCE), methylene chloride and vinyl chloride., among others, along with fuels were released into the water on base.

Insecticides were found in the soil in parking lots and play areas.

Hazardous contaminants were found at levels hundreds to thousands of times in excess of the range of health based standards according to tests conducted in 1982 and 1984. As a result, wells were taken offline in 1984 and 1985.

Camp Lejeune presents a groundwater contamination site of unusually high level of concern,” said Richard Mass, co- director of the Environmental Quality Institute at UNC Ashville and member of an independent panel formed to investigate the contamination of the Marine Base’s water systems. “It became clear to me from my work on the panel that our country had treated these people unfairly,” Maas said.

Members of the group THE STAND, and other representatives of those affected are going to be in Washington, DC,September 21-23, meeting with congressional leaders to discuss the effect of this contamination and to request further investigation and remedies.

The Stand was formed by military dependants affected by the groundwater contamination who saw the need for a united front of people who lived at Tarawa Terrace and Hadnot Point . The mission of the group, who’s membership continues to grow since 2002, is to receive justice for civilian, military and dependent peace-keepers that were wounded as a result of toxic chemical poisoning at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

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