Survivors of Camp Lejeune’s Toxic Water Share Their Stories
(FEDERALJACK) A month after one of the most destructive chemical spills in West Virginia’s history, state residents are still dealing with lingering questions about the safety of their drinking water. But the potential health risks of the chemical spill in the Elk River outside of Charleston harken back to an even bigger water-contamination catastrophe. From 1953 to 1987, the water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina was contaminated with harmful chemicals. Marines and their families who lived on base bathed in and ingested that water, and federal scientists have found an increased incidence of some birth defects and cancers such as leukemia in children of mothers exposed to polluted drinking water, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A high rate of male breast cancer among troops stationed at Lejeune during the period of contamination has also been reported. RT’s Ameera David speaks with Jerry Ensminger, co-founder of The Few, The Proud, The Forgotten, and Mike Partain, the organization’s lead community member, about their experiences at the Marine Corps base.