Miller files bill in toxic water case

BY BARBARA BARRETT – Washington Correspondent

WASHINGTON — It was 12 years after watching his 9-year-old daughter slip away that former Master Sgt. Jerry Ensminger caught a clue that the Marines might have been at fault for her death.

He has spent more than 12 years since trying to find justice for what he says was his daughter’s exposure in utero to toxins in Camp Lejeune’s water.

Legislation introduced in the House of Representatives this week aims to bring him closer.

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The legislation, introduced by U.S. Rep. Brad Miller, a Raleigh Democrat, requires the Department of Veterans Affairs to care for Marines and their relatives who might have suffered ailments stemming from their exposure to tainted water.

From about 1957 to 1987, Marines and their kin at Camp Lejeune – estimates are that 1 million people might have been exposed -drank and bathed in contaminated well water.

Miller’s bill is named for Janey Ensminger, who lost her two-year struggle with leukemia in 1985.

At a news conference Tuesday, Ensminger said he discovered in 1997 that there might be a link between the well water and his daughter’s disease. He has worked since then to gather information, reach out to other former Marines and persuade lawmakers to find justice for affected families.

Miller’s bill would require the VA and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry to establish the period in which water at Camp Lejeune was contaminated with volatile organic compounds. Both also would be required to establish which illnesses are associated with the toxins.

He estimates the bill would cost $1.1 billion over 10 years. It is identical to a now-rejected bill introduced in the Senate by U.S. Sens. Richard Burr and Kay Hagan, both of North Carolina.

bbarrett@mcclatchydc.com or 202-383-0012
Comments:

OK…follow along people. Here’s the vicious circle, picture a snake eating it’s own tail.

Big Business (Texas Gulf then sold to Potash operating PCS Phosphate in Aurora) comes in pumping out 78million gallons of water per day out of Castle Hayne Aquifer, unlined landfill at this mining operation is used for decades to toss toxins (military waste, PCBs from Ward Transformer, etc) into the hole, contaminates water, fish kills abound, poisons people, people get cancer, the afflicted go get treated thus putting a strain on health insurance companies, because of high rate of cancer here in NC more hospitals/cancer clinics/R&D are needed, which becomes another Big Business here in NC.

And the N&O last week ran a huge headline touting our wonderful Cancer facilities. Yeah…we used to be known for great college basketball but now NC is known as the ‘Cancer State.’

And we have all kinds of people turning a pretty profit off of this very sad (and criminal) act.
Dale Swiggett

DonYelton wrote on February, 3 12:34 PM:

still playing politics with peoples lives. We had a bi-partisan effort with Burr and Hagen and that was turned down. I hope they will play politics and pass this bill and that both Burr and Hagen step up and tell the whole story. Burr is working on the site in Asheville NC. The site there was contaminated by CTS, same company that made the fault part for Toyotoa. The concentrations in Asheville are greater than in Camp LeJeune so that will set a bar and law suits can move ahead in Asheville. EPA, State officials and county officials are involved in the cover-up here in Asheville.

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