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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A US Senate committee is hearing about the military’s attempt to delete information from a report about contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune.

The Senate Judiciary Committee heard from Jerry Ensminger of Elizabethtown, a retired Marine whose 9-year-old daughter died of leukemia in 1985. Ensminger told the committee that information the military wants to delete from a report could mean life or death for contamination victims.

Wells at Camp Lejeune were contaminated by fuel leaks and other sources before tests alerted officials to the problem. Health officials think as many as 1 million people may have been exposed to tainted water before the wells were closed.

Ensminger is testifying about the Marine Corps’ request that information about the location of water systems be left out of a federal report.

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2015 years 10 months ago

What about Marines stationed in Camp Lejeune after 1987? It has come to my attention that at least 1 Marine stationed in 1999 had two unborn fetuses that had to be aborted due to miscarriage and a missing cranium in at least another case. What of those? Has the water been tested for any carcinogens and/or other toxic material since? Where are these reports?

2015 years 10 months ago



Annette Sanchez
2015 years 10 months ago

I am trying to find out the same thing myself, I lived at, and around Cherry Point Airbase in the early 1980’s when my ex-husband was stationed there. I have since had numerous unusual health problems, of which I have no familial history- including 4 miscarriages. I am aware of the ongoing litigation about the Camp Lejuene water contamination, but Cherry point is never mentioned. I want to know if it included or is there a seperate study/litigation involved?

Judith Ann Knott
2015 years 10 months ago

Has anyone done a study about those people who lived conceived children, had miscarriages, had cancer, had unexplained health problems like no iron in their system and other heath problems related to contaminated water from the military base Cherry Point North Carolina?

I see some reports about the bad water but not found any people with health problems that I had. My son was born there in 1962 he died of Leukemia a very rare kind. I have had many health problems that are unexplainable as no one in my family have had them. I can be reached threw twitter @brandyknott.

I finally feel that I am not from another planet as doctors do not even have words to describe my problem or how to tell me to treat my illnesses. I lived on Cherry Point Marine Airbase, drank the water, I gave birth to my son there, I breast fed him and he threw it up, I lost my ability to have any other children, I cook my food in the water on base, I swam in the pool on the base near by Camp Lejuene. Oh my God now that I know where do I go from here!?!

When I lived on Cherry Point Airbase I noticed that friends that were pregnant lost their babies early into their pregnancy. The lady that had her baby on the same day as me had a baby with six fingers and six toes. Only now am I putting it all together.

Does anyone know if they are doing a study on those wifes and children that lived on Cherry Point North Carolina? Does this new bill the president has just signed cover people from Cherry Point also?

I can be reached throw twitter @brandyknott.

Sarah Grubb
2015 years 10 months ago

my husband was in cherry point for 3 1/2 years in the marines in the early seventies. 8 years ago he had a massive brain tumor removed from across the top of his head. He has just been diagnosed with three more brain tumors. spoke to a retired military man the other day and in a casual conversation told him about my husbands recent diagnosis and the first thing out of his mouth was “did he ever spend time at cherry point?” When I said yes he told me I needed to do some research and that is all he would tell me which has brought me to this website. Any info you could give me would be greatly appreciated.


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