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Report on Health Effects of Lejeune Water Contamination to be Released

Government researchers will reveal their findings of the health effects of contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune during a public meeting in Florida later this week.

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry will present the findings Dec. 4, before the quarterly Community Assistance Panel in Tampa. The agency is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A spokeswoman for the CDC said authors of a group of health studies related to the health effects of the water at Lejeune will discuss their findings at 10 a.m. at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay at 2900 Bayport Drive.

The Community Assistance Panel will begin at 4 p.m. in the same location.

Both are open to the public.

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry has previously published several studies on the extent of contamination within the drinking water at Camp Lejeune.

Studies found problems

Those studies linked exposure to several diseases and health conditions, including cancers, preterm births and neural tube defects.

The water on the Marine Corps base was contaminated from the early 1950s to 1985, when water wells were removed from service.

The water in those now-discontinued wells had been contaminated with tetrachloroethylene, trichloroethylene, benzene, 1,2-dichloroethylene and vinyl chloride, officials said.

Those chemicals include known human carcinogens and likely originated from a privately owned dry cleaner next to the base, as well as base activities that released fuel and chlorinated solvents into the environment.

As many as 1 million military and civilian staff and their families may have been exposed to the contaminated drinking water over more than 30 year, officials said. Some of those people were part of the government studies.

People unable to attend the Florida meetings can watch online. They will be streamed at http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/sites/lejeune/capmeetings.html.

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

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