Navy will pay to test toxic waters at N.C. base

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It's hard to believe there was even a disagreement about this ... and, what in the hell has taken them so long?

The Navy has agreed after months of fighting to fund a study into the health effects of past water pollution at Camp Lejeune on Marines.

The Department of the Navy said in a letter Thursday to the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry that it will pay more than $1.5 million for the work. The study will look at whether there are higher mortality rates for Marines who served at the base during the years the water was contaminated.

The Associated Press obtained a copy of the letter Friday.

North Carolina Sens. Richard Burr and Kay Hagan had urged the Navy to fund the study. The two lawmakers were behind legislation passed by the Senate in September preventing the military from dismissing claims related to water contamination before studies are completed.

"I am pleased the Navy has listened and is taking this crucial step. The findings will help bring answers to our Lejeune families who deserve closure on this issue," said Hagan, who wrote the legislation.

Read the rest of this Washington Post/ Associated Press article here.

From June 2008, the description of this YouTube video reads, "My name is Mike Partain and I was born on MCB, Camp Lejeune N.C in 1968. During my mother's pregnancy, we were exposed to drinking water which was highly contaminated with VOCs including PCE and TC..."

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