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It turned out to a story of environmental contamination that has been brewing for decades at issue toxic water contamination.
At Camp Lejeune military base in North Carolina a new report from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry has indicated.
That the contamination at Camp Lejeune may go back as far as 1953.
Michigan congressman John dingle is calling for further hearings on the issue congressman -- is joining us here our studios.
Along with retired marine master sergeant Jerry -- Manger who says his nine year old daughter died with Kenya from the toxic tap water at Camp Lejeune.
Thank you gentlemen for joining us.
I know this is a very difficult subject.
To look to to investigative talk about that congress -- it's estimated that at least one million people.
May have been affected by these toxic waters people who buy -- died.
Or babies born with birth defects how -- this issue gone on for so long without any final remedy.
Well it is you probably she's not -- -- Camp Lejeune.
And it is in several forms fresh from all we have terrible problem with contamination.
And all military base injured at least most military bases we also have a strong lack of cooperation from the military.
Is that there -- refusal to.
Cleanup and to be honest about what has happened and -- venture could tell you more about what happened that in June.
But it goes it goes beyond that the military is still shaking.
Exemptions from federal laws.
Which relate to the environment protection of its personnel and the public generally.
From that we're kind of contamination we're talking about the matter is also very serious because the amount of contamination.
-- in some cases is the limit is five parts per.
Billion and they are coming up with 750.
Parts per billion that's many many times as many times indeed.
Jerry I think your daughter died of leukemia at the young age nine we're so sorry for your loss.
Did you have trouble convincing folks -- your daughter's illness could be traced back to the water.
Well yes I mean initially when I first started into this fight back in 1997.
I was told by representatives of the military.
Both the department of the navy and Marine Corps that.
All that AT SDR the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.
Was blowing this out of proportion.
That the levels of contaminants at Camp Lejeune that we were being exposed to were either of my new export -- They said that we really didn't have anything to worry about and the further this thing went along and the longer I was involved in it no more I found out about it.
Well the -- started coming out and the truth was.
That Camp Lejeune is now known as one of the worst contaminated drinking water incidents in the history of the world.
It's unbelievable congressman let me ask you and I've read that many Marines from the camp are having trouble getting.
Disability benefits from the VA because they have to prove as I understand and direct connection between their medical condition and the water.
Now that's been difficult in of itself because -- There have been so many efforts made to say that you have to have scientific proof that there's direct -- and yet for some of these people they can't get it.
Well I think that -- has been corrected or at least I hope it has last August shoe is important twelve.
The president signed legislation.
In this which was in good -- named after.
Jamie does the star whose daughter.
And all you have to establish is there that the individuals serve there or -- member of -- -- Which -- there at the time.
There is however very serious problem.
And that is we're finding out that instead of being twenty early 1957.
It actually is about 1953.
So there four years people who are not be taken care of and I've -- I've been doing this alone senator were.
And other members of the senate Brad Miller all celebs and -- hey you're.
Have been working on this and legislation will shortly be introduced to correct this if there's.
I gotta say this is like feeling united the bore hers could feel it at LaGuardia.
Who really really what I'm not running on time -- really quickly where you go with this at this for what are what are your goals this point to try to bring this issue to a close.
Well first and foremost we need the whole truth about what happened that Camp Lejeune how would this happen how that they get to this point.
And we also need the truth from the military leadership the leadership of the United States Marine Corps and the department of the navy.
We need the whole truth from these people.
As to how this happened and -- This was covered up yet for all these years well let's hope you get some answers really -- gentlemen thank you so much for joining us and we wish you both all the best.
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