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Bill would help victims in Camp Lejeune, Asheville

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Two North Carolina congressional leaders have introduced legislation they say will help people exposed to contaminated water near a closed Asheville factory and a Marines Corp base.

Sen. Kay Hagan and US Rep. G.K. Butterfield said Friday the measure would pre-empt states from limiting the timeframe in which damages can be recovered in pollution lawsuits.

The legislation is in response to a recent US Supreme Court ruling that halted an Asheville lawsuit.

The Supreme Court cited a 10-year limit for filing lawsuits when ruling Asheville residents couldn't sue a nearby electroplating business for contamination that closed in the 1980s. US Justice Department attorneys then asked a federal appeals court to dismiss a lawsuit blaming contaminated tap water at Camp Lejeune, citing the Asheville ruling.

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