2005 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: 29 Aug 2005 16:30:26 -0000
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Camp Lejeune (NC) - Justice Department will not prosecute
I received this indirectly:

"After a thorough review of all pertinent evidence, the Justice
Department, in consultation with the Environmental Protection Agency,
has concluded that it will not seek criminal prosecution in the case
regarding water contamination at the Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune,
North Carolina. The fact that the actions in question were taken prior
to the promulgation of legally enforceable standards regarding safe
drinking water precludes criminal prosecutions against any of the
parties involved. 

"The government's investigation revealed that there were neither
criminal violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act, nor was there a
conspiracy to withhold information, falsify data, or impede the federal
investigation by members of the military and relevant public health
services. Based upon the evidence, the Justice Department has concluded
that no federal criminal law was broken nor was there an attempt to
conceal evidence regarding a violation of any law. 

"Camp Lejeune was placed on EPA's National Priorities list for cleanup
under the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and
Liability Act in 1989, and is presently undergoing cleanup as a
Superfund site. The EPA will be able to provide details about the status
of the cleanup. Also, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease
Registry (ATSDR) is conducting an on-going health study." 

Cynthia J. Magnuson 
Office of Public Affairs 
U.S. Department of Justice 


Lenny Siegel
Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
c/o PSC, 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545
Fax: 650/961-8918
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