Federal agency to discuss health studies results at Camp Lejeune

ATLANTA — The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) invites the public to hear from the authors of a group of health studies conducted to understand the impact of exposure to contaminated drinking water at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.  The authors will discuss the study results during a public meeting from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12 in Greensboro.

Screen Shot 2015-05-07 at 8.56.59 AMThe authors also will answer questions about the studies and their results. The quarterly Community Assistance Panel (CAP) meeting will take place from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on May 13; that meeting is also open to the public.  Both meetings will take place in Greensboro.

ATSDR has published several studies that describe the extent of the drinking water contamination at Camp Lejeune. These studies have linked exposures to the drinking water with a number of diseases and health conditions, including multiple cancers, preterm births, and neural tube defects.  U.S. Marine Corps and Navy personnel, their families, and civilian employees who worked at the base participated in the studies.

Both meetings will be held at the Embassy Suites Greensboro-Airport Hotel, 204 Centreport Drive, Greensboro, NC 27409

For those not able to attend the meeting in person, a live stream of the meetings will be available for viewing via computer. The live stream will be available as follows:

Camp Lejeune Meeting Day 1:

http://events.mediasite.com/Mediasite/Play/b23760b72b2e45738640ca0e22ff85141d

Camp Lejeune Meeting Day 2:

http://events.mediasite.com/Mediasite/Play/450b71957ab14fd385ffd38939ba63901d

Background

The contamination of drinking water at Camp Lejeune started in the early 1950s and ended in 1985 when highly contaminated water wells were removed from service. The water was contaminated with tetrachloroethylene (PCE), trichloroethylene (TCE), benzene, 1,2-dichloroethylene (DCE) and vinyl chloride.  Benzene and TCE are known human carcinogens, and PCE is considered a likely human carcinogen.  A privately owned dry cleaner next to Camp Lejeune as well as base activities that released fuel and chlorinated solvents into the environment were identified as the sources of the contamination.

For meeting updates and more information about the health studies and other work done by ATSDR at Camp Lejeune, visit http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/sites/lejeune/index.html.

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