|Water contamination at Camp Lejeune Marine Base|
Up to a million people may have been affected by contaminated water at Camp Lejeune Marine Base in Jacksonville, NC. The base water was apparently contaminated with cancer-causing chemicals from 1957 to 1987 and some affected Marines are now claiming the USMC knew about the chemicals, failed to do anything about them, and is now subverting information and blocking investigations.
Scientists testifying before Congress claimed the contamination is the worst case ever discovered in a public water system in the U.S. The Marine Corps says it followed all rules of the times and that federal agencies have exonerated the leadership of wrongdoing.
In some cases there are entire families that stayed at the base, for even short periods of time, that have serious medical issues, and others claim family members died from the exposure to contaminants at the base. One former male marine, who has had breast cancer, claims he has found 66 other men who were stationed at the camp who have also been diagnosed with the disease. According to a breast cancer specialist, Dr. John Kiluk, about one in 1,000 men in the general population are at risk of getting breast cancer.