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Processing Disability Claims Based on Exposure to Contaminated Drinking Water at Camp LejeuneSalem-News.com
EPA's revised assessment of trichloroethylene (TCE), now characterizes chemical as "carcinogenic to humans" by all routes of exposure.
(CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C.) - The Environmental Protection Agency has revised its assessment of trichloroethylene (TCE), which is now characterized as "carcinogenic to humans" by all routes of exposure.
Veterans who served at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, were potentially exposed to contaminants present in the base water supply prior to 1987. (The Marine Corps has done everything possible to resist responsibility for this terrible deadly contamination and those reading this should not disregard the potential hazard to their health if they served after 1987.)
The chemical compounds involved have been associated by various scientific organizations with the possible development of certain chronic diseases.
However, many unanswered questions remain regarding the extent of base water contamination, the type and duration of exposure experienced by base personnel, and the likelihood that contaminant levels in the water supply were high enough to result in a particular disease.
An updated training letter (link to full document below) incorporates multiple recommendations provided by other interested organizations, including the Department of Defense, Department of Justice, and Office of Management and Budget.
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