Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Worse Than Previously Reported
Scientists with the Centers for Disease Control admit water contamination at Camp Lejeune was more extensive than originally estimated in the 1990s. During the 1980s, tests of wells located in residential areas on Camp Lejeune found many of them were contaminated by cancer-causing chemicals from fuel storage tanks. And they had been contaminated for decades. Hundreds of thousands of Marines and their families lived on base during that time and some say they've become sick as a result. Scientists from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry - a part of the CDC - studied the problem in 1997. They released a report that minimized the effect of the contamination. The report also did not acknowledge the presence of many of the chemicals. Now, a new report from the same agency says there were many more chemicals in the water than previously admitted and says conclusions from the old report were misleading. The new report also shows how Marine Corps commanders kept the wells in use, even after they knew of the contamination. More studies of the site are underway.