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CDC: Water at Marine base linked to birth defects

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posted on Dec, 6 2013 @ 04:09 PM

Last year, President Barack Obama signed the Camp Lejeune Veterans and Family Act to provide medical care and screening for Marines and their families, but not civilians, exposed between 1957 and 1987. The law covers 15 diseases or conditions, including female infertility, miscarriage, leukemia and multiple myeloma, as well as bladder, breast, esophageal, kidney and lung cancers.

The law was passed after years of advocacy by former Marines who blamed the contamination for negative health impacts, efforts that were often met with strong resistance from the Marine Corps.

Jerry Ensminger, a former Marine drill instructor, lost his 9-year-old daughter Janey to leukemia in 1985. He is among those with pending federal compensation claims have been on hold while waiting for the CDC research to be completed.

He said the study results are a vindication of what he's been saying for nearly 20 years, but they won't bring his daughter back.


This is a big deal. When is that last time that the government accepted culpability for something so horrendous?

All I can think of is the plaintiffs had already done independent testing and KNEW about the toxins in the water. Otherwise, I am sure a steamroller would have been backed up and then forwarded on top of any data that would give these poor people a leg to stand on for litigation.

Chalk one up for the little guy!

posted on Dec, 7 2013 @ 08:53 AM
reply to post by GrantedBail

This is absolutely HUGE - and looks like a sea change in evaluating health risks. It's unbelievably amazing. ...It's been known for a long time that many health effects takes years and decades to show up after exposure but the law has never respected this reality - most 'terms' say claims must be made within 5 years of exposure. The law also is based on the adversarial demand for absolute proof - which just doesn't accommodate the scientific reality of these kinds of cases (direct cause-and-effect cannot be proved because the effects are complex and involve other factors).

I am truly heartened by this report. (Is heartened a word?) ...Thank you. GREAT catch.

posted on Dec, 7 2013 @ 12:49 PM
My grandmother is involved in a lawsuit against the government in this case. She was there when this happened in the 60's. She's been battling cancer for the last 10 years and believes it may be a result of living on base at the time this occurred. She don't think she'll get anything out of it though.

posted on Dec, 7 2013 @ 09:19 PM
reply to post by wantsome

Why is she disqualified? ...The "Camp Lejeune Veterans and Family Act" provides medical care and screening for Marines and their families, but not civilians, exposed between 1957 and 1987 if they lived on the base and got leukemia, multiple myeloma, or bladder, breast, esophageal, kidney and lung cancers.

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