ATSDR to hold quarterly Camp Lejeune CAP meeting on May 27

Thursday, May 21, 2020
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(Atlanta)-- The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) invites the public to hear from the scientists who conducted public health activities to understand the impact of exposure to contaminated drinking water at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.  A Community Assistance Panel (CAP) meeting will be held virtually on May 27, 2020 at 9:00 a.m.

The CAP was created for the Camp Lejeune site so that the affected community of Marines and their families can voice their concerns and to provide input on ATSDR’s public health activities.

No registration is needed to attend virtually. A link to the live stream of the meeting is available at: https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/sites/lejeune/capmeetings.html.  

Background: The contamination of drinking water at Camp Lejeune started in the early 1950s and ended in 1985 when highly contaminated water wells were removed from service. The water was contaminated with tetrachloroethylene (PCE), trichloroethylene (TCE), benzene, 1,2-dichloroethylene (DCE) and vinyl chloride.  Benzene and TCE are known human carcinogens, and PCE is considered a likely human carcinogen.  A privately owned dry cleaner next to Camp Lejeune, as well as base activities that released fuel and chlorinated solvents into the environment, were identified as the sources of the contamination.

For meeting updates and more information about the health studies and other work done by ATSDR at Camp Lejeune, visit http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/sites/lejeune/index.html.

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ATSDR, a federal public health agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, evaluates the potential for adverse human health effects of exposure to hazardous substances in the environment.


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