posted on Jun, 7 2008 @ 07:50 PM
Ok... I finally got some information from my co-worker and managed to find plenty of information about problems they were having with water
contamination. Sorry this took so long. My friend was stationed at Lejeune for a time in 1980, and yes he was in the Marines. Unfortunately some of my
information was incorrect before. He didn't just get out of the military, this is his first job since they did surgery to remove a portion of the
tumor. Anyhow here's some of the info I found on wikipedia and elsewhere.
"From at least 1957 through 1987, Marines and their families at Lejeune drank and bathed in water contaminated with toxins at concentrations up to
40-times permitted by safety standards, and at least 850 former residents filed claims for nearly $4 billion from the military. The main chemicals
involved were trichloroethylene (TCE) and perchloroethylene (PCE); however, more than 70 chemicals have been identified as contaminants at Lejeune.
 The base's wells were shut off in the mid-1980s, after which the water met federal standards.
In 2007, Jerry Ensminger, a retired Marine master sergeant, found a document dated 1981 that described a radioactive dump site near a rifle range at
the camp. According to the report, the waste was laced with strontium-90, an isotope known to cause cancer and leukemia. According to Camp
Lejeune's installation restoration program manager, base officials learned in 2004 about the 1981 document. Ensminger served in the Marine Corps
for 24 and a half years, and lived for part of that time at Camp Lejeune. In 1985 his 9-year-old daughter, Janey, died of cancer.
An advocacy group called The Few, The Proud, The Forgotten was created to inform possible victims of the contamination at Lejeune. The group's
website includes an introduction with some basic information about the contamination at Lejeune, including that many health problems various types of
cancer, leukemia, miscarriages and birth defects, have been noted in people who drank the contaminated water. According to their site, numerous base
housing areas were affected by the contamination, including Tarawa Terrace, Midway Park, Berkeley Manor, Paradise Point, Hadnot Point, Hospital Point,
and Watkins Village"