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Oct 24, 2010

DDT, battery acid and fuel found in Lejeune water

DDT, battery acid and fuel found in Lejeune water -

A report released Friday by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry sheds new light on the extent and variety of chemical contaminants that oozed into the ground and drinking water of sites throughout Camp Lejeune.

The 300-page report analyzes more than 18 sites of contamination located throughout the base. Its findings indicate that hazardous substances such as DDT, battery acid and diesel fuel leaked into the ground and seeped into the water through improper disposal practices, pipe leaks and spills.

The findings appear to contradict claims by the U.S. Marine Corps that drinking wells tainted with the organic solvents TCE and PCE were taken offline as soon as the contamination was discovered.

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