Contaminated Water Supplies at Camp Lejeune: Assessing by National Research Council, Division on Earth and Life

By National Research Council, Division on Earth and Life Studies, Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, Committee on Contaminated Drinking Water at Camp Lejeune

Within the early Nineteen Eighties, water-supply platforms at the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina have been stumbled on to be infected with the commercial solvents trichloroethylene (TCE) and perchloroethylene (PCE). The water structures have been provided via the Tarawa Terrace and Hadnot element watertreatment crops, which served enlisted-family housing, barracks for single provider group of workers, base administrative workplaces, colleges, and leisure parts. The Hadnot element water approach additionally served the bottom health facility and an business zone and provided water to housing at the Holcomb side road water process (full-time till 1972 and periodically thereafter). This publication examines what's recognized in regards to the illness of the water provides at Camp Lejeune and even if the infection could be associated with any adversarial overall healthiness results in former citizens and employees on the base.

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Whether mothers were exposed was determined by where they lived on the base when the child was born, not taking into account whether they moved during the pregnancy. Two analyses were performed; one that evaluated residents of Hadnot Point and Tarawa Terrace and one that focused only on Tarawa Terrace residents. In both analyses, no clear associations were found between mean birth weight, preterm birth, or small for gestational age. However, a comparison of subgroups within the Tarawa Terrace population found a weak association between PCE exposure and small-for-gestational-age births for children of women over 35 or of women who had prior miscarriages.

Water-use patterns and behavior in those setting are expected to differ substantially from residential uses and behavior. In addition, the residential and nonresidential exposures could overlap, and people could have been exposed to contaminated water at multiple locations. HEALTH-EFFECTS EVALUATION The committee considered a wide spectrum of potential health effects that are known or suspected to be associated with TCE and PCE by surveying the scientific literature on the contaminants and the health problems reported by former residents and workers of Camp Lejeune.

Therefore, scientists give this finding less weight. The findings from these analyses are no longer valid. After the study was completed, ATSDR discovered that that a residential area it classified as unexposed (Holcomb Boulevard) received water from the Hadnot Point system for the first 4 years of the study period, and the study results must be reanalyzed to correct for this mistake in classification. ATSDR has indicated that it will reanalyze the results of the study using exposure estimates from its groundwater modeling of the Tarawa Terrace and Hadnot Point systems.

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