Feds say chemical in Lejeune water is carcinogen

By MARTHA WAGGONER
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Government researchers have classified a chemical found in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune for decades as a known cause of cancer in humans.

The Environmental Protection Agency last week said the chemical TCE is a known human carcinogen. It was found in water at Camp Lejeune before wells were closed two decades ago. Health officials believe as many as 1 million people may have been exposed.

A spokeswoman says the Marine Corps hasn't decided whether to alert former residents about the new classification. A federal study of the water is unaffected.

US Rep. Brad Miller hopes the change will help his bill that would require the government to provide health care to veterans and their families who got sick because of the water.

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