The Associated Press: Fed probe urged on cancer chemical in Marine water
Fed probe urged on cancer chemical in Marine water
By KEVIN MAURER (AP) – 1 hour ago
WILMINGTON, N.C. — A North Carolina congressman says he wants an investigation into reports that levels of a cancer-causing chemical in tap water at a Marine Corps base were downplayed and then omitted from official documents.
Democratic Rep. Brad Miller called for the probe by his House Science subcommittee Thursday — a day after The Associated Press reported on new documents that indicate massive fuel leaks at Camp Lejeune and high concentrations of benzene found in a water well there in 1984.
Health officials believe as many as 1 million people may have been exposed to tainted water at the base before the wells closed two decades ago. Critics say little information on benzene contamination had been publicly known until recently.
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