Democrats target Onslow County in toxic water probe

It appears that Democrats on the House Armed Services Readiness subcommittee have decided to investigate Pentagon and Camp Lejeune responses to contaminated water supplies.

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House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee Chairman Solomon Ortiz, D-Texas, said communities where bases are being closed are concerned that the sites cannot be redeveloped because of contamination, and that oversight is needed.

"We're going to be looking at that, no question," he said, adding he is considering a hearing on the matter this month.

In the 1980s it was discovered that Camp Lejeune had caused a trichloroethylene (TCE) to be introduced into ground water supplies. The results were not pretty.

After the camp was declared a Superfund site in 1989, the ATSDR found an alarming rate of miscarriages, birth defects and childhood leukemia there.

Senator Richard Burr (R) has come to the defense of the military by declaring that action was taken, even if it weren't enough.

"When we looked back at Camp Lejeune, the concerns that were raised were, in fact, vetted," Burr said. "Camp Lejeune did not ignore the claims. Did they carry it as far as they could have and perhaps they should have? That's open to question."

Military leaders in the Pentagon feel that some environmental regulations and restrictions will inhibit the ability to properly train troops and have tried to create exemptions for munitions. The requests for exemptions failed approval.

It's nice to see that the Congress is performing oversight and on important, not just political, matters.

 

 

Comments

i hate that bs

they just say "nothing to see here" and its considered an investigation. such crap.

Draft Brad Miller -- NC Sen ActBlue :::Petition

"Keep the Faith"

Camp Lejeune Water from the 80s

I was living on Camp Lejeune base housing in Berkly Manor from 1980 to 1983 when the bad water was being consumed... BY my four children!!

If Senator Burr could make the same statement I just made, he may think differently about it.

The view is always much prettier from afar.

So very sad.

Marshall Adame
2014 U.S. Congress Candidate NC-03

Burr is part of the "it's not my fault"

Republican leadership. They tried and failed to remediate this problem. That response is more than open to question. That response is wholly unacceptable.

I did some contract work

Here is the USMC website that details work that the Dept of the Navy did over the past decade or so. I am acutely aware of what transpired and have seen plenty of the original documents regarding what went down, and the blame spreads far AND wide (read NCDENR/EPA/OSHA/Navy). Gotta love the government and their strong support of veterans.

You're a Genius!

Just get the word out that those contaminated water supplies produce loyal, vocal Democrats and they'll be climbing all over themselves to clean it up!

Win/win!