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Contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune -- Report release June 13

Two chemicals -- trichloroethylene (TCE) and tetrachloroethylene (PCE) -- found to have contaminated drinking water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune from the 1950s to 1985 have been linked to certain diseases and disorders, including various cancers. A new report from the National Research Council, Contaminated Water Supplies at Camp Lejeune Assessing Potential Health Effects, reviews scientific evidence about the potential adverse health effects that could occur after exposure to TCE, PCE, and other contaminants; recommends the usefulness of conducting additional studies on former residents of the base; and identifies scientific considerations that could help the U.S. Department of the Navy, under which the Marine Corps operates, set priorities on future actions. The report will be released at a 90-minute public briefing.


The briefing will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 13, at the USO of North Carolina, Jacksonville Center, 9 Tallman St., Jacksonville, N.C.

Members of the committee participating in the briefing are:

  • David Savitz, chair of the committee and Charles W. Bluhdorn professor, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York City
  • Caroline Baier-Anderson, health scientist, Environmental Defense, and assistant professor, University of Maryland, Baltimore
  • Prabhakar Clement, professor of environmental engineering, Auburn University, Auburn, Ala.


Contact: Jennifer Walsh
National Academy of Sciences

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