This video from the USA is a WDEF Channel 12 Interview with Alvin Shipp about the Camp Lejeune water contamination and the death of his son in 1968.
By Joanne Laurier:
For more than 30 years, residents of Camp Lejeune, a US Marine Corps base in North Carolina, were exposed to contaminated water. From 1957 to 1987, Marines/Naval personnel, family members and civilians drank and used water containing toxic levels of industrial solvents, although the military knew in late 1980 or early 1981 that at least one of the base’s water treatment plants was polluted.
The contaminants, TCE (trichloroethylene) and PCE (tetrachloroethelene, also called perchloroethylene), are both labeled probable carcinogens by the Environmental Protection Agency. In 1985, when 10 water wells were eventually shut down, TCE levels recorded in one well were nearly 4,000 times the level considered safe.
On June 12, victims of Camp Lejeune’s water contamination appeared in Washington, D.C., before a hearing convened by the House Energy and Commerce Committee to give testimony about the cancers and myriad illnesses they believe were contracted from exposure to the toxins. Retired Master Gunnery Sergeant Jerry Ensminger, former Navy physician Dr. Michael Gros and former Marine air traffic controller Jeff Byron spoke movingly about the horrific impact of the poisoning on themselves and their families. Ensminger lost his nine-year-old daughter Janey to leukemia, while Byron’s two daughters are afflicted with serious health problems that include a spinal disorder and a rare condition called plastic anemia.
Dr. Gros, battling an unusual form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma that he attributes to his years as an obstetrician and gynecologist at the Marine base, spoke from his home in Texas with Joanne Laurier, whose article “US military officials knew about contaminated water at Marine base” was posted June 15.
WEDNESDAY 10 MARCH 2010: Lejeune Water Probe: Did Marine Corps Hide Benzene Data? Here.
House Hearing to Probe Camp Lejeune Water Contamination: here.
Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Cover-Up Hinted In Navy Letter: here.