Submitted by WWAY on Tue, 06/12/2007 - 8:42am.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former Marines convinced that contaminated water sickened their families at Camp Lejeune are demanding that Congress intervene while the military considers compensation claims.

At least 850 former residents of the base have filed administrative claims. They are seeking nearly $4 billion for exposure to industrial solvents that contaminated base wells before 1987.

Many blame cancers and other illnesses on tainted tap water at the sprawling training and deployment base.

The House Energy and Commerce panel on oversight and investigations planned a hearing today.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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