2013 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Sun, 19 May 2013 01:59:26 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] VOCs, HEALTH: Camp Lejeune (NC) "Marine Who Dumped Toxins Felt Illness Was Payback"
Marine Who Dumped Toxins Felt Illness Was Payback

Associated Press
May 18, 2013 (AP)

Ron Poirier couldn't escape the feeling that his cancer was somehow a punishment.

As a young Marine electronics technician at Camp Lejeune in the mid-1970s, the Massachusetts man figured he'd dumped hundreds of gallons of toxic solvents onto the ground. It would be decades before he realized that he had unknowingly contributed to the worst drinking water contamination in the country's history - and, perhaps, to his own premature death.

"It's just a terrible thing," the 58-year-old veteran told The Associated Press shortly before succumbing to esophageal cancer at a Cape Cod nursing facility on May 3.

"Once I found out, it's like, 'God! I added to the contamination.'"


For the entire article, see
http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/marine-dumped-toxins-felt-illness- payback-19208011


Lenny Siegel
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