|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Wed, 15 May 2013 17:41:41 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] VOCs: "Victims say U.S. Marine Corps failed to safeguard water supply at Camp Lejeune" (NC)|
Victims say U.S. Marine Corps failed to safeguard water supply at Camp Lejeune Associated Press ABC 10 News (San DIego, CA) May 15, 2013 CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - A simple test could have alerted officials that the drinking water at Camp Lejeune was contaminated, long before authorities determined that as many as a million Marines and their families were exposed to a witch's brew of cancer-causing chemicals. But no one responsible for the lab at the base can recall that the procedure -- mandated by the Navy -- was ever conducted. The U.S. Marine Corps maintains that the carbon chloroform extract (CCE) test would not have uncovered the carcinogens that fouled the southeastern North Carolina base's water system from at least the mid-1950s until wells were capped in the mid-1980s. But experts say even this "relatively primitive" test -- required by Navy health directives as early as 1963 -- would have told officials that something was terribly wrong beneath Lejeune's sandy soil. A just-released study from the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry cited a February 1985 level for trichloroethylene of 18,900 parts per billion in one Lejeune drinking water well -- nearly 4,000 times today's maximum allowed limit of 5 ppb. Given those kinds of numbers, environmental engineer Marco Kaltofen said even a testing method as inadequate as CCE should have raised some red flags with a "careful analyst." … For the entire article, see http://www.10news.com/news/u-s-world/victims-say-us-marine-corps-failed-to-safeguard-water-supply-at-camp-lejeune05152013 You may need to copy and paste the link. -- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope Street Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650-961-8918 or 650-969-1545 Fax: 650-961-8918 LSiegel@cpeo.org http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/military-cpeo.org
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