Suit filed over water at Camp Lejeune

Posted : Monday Jul 6, 2009 17:49:15 EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. — A woman developed cancer after three years of using contaminated water provided by the North Carolina military base where her husband was stationed, her lawyers said Monday.  A lawsuit filed against the federal government in U.S. District Court seeks an unspecified amount of damages for Laura Jones, 45, of Glenwood, Iowa, who has non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.  Jones lived at Camp Lejeune with her Marine husband from 1980 until May 1983. She didn’t attend a news conference about the lawsuit, which was filed Saturday, because of her physical condition, said attorney Joseph Anderson.  A government report earlier this month found tainted water at Camp Lejeune between the 1950s and 1985 can’t definitively be linked to health problems.  The study said the Marines and Navy shouldn’t wait for more scientific studies before deciding how to deal with health problems reported by former base residents. And it called into question the value of further studies.  Marine Corps spokesman 1st Lt. Brian Block said he couldn’t discuss the lawsuit.  “We are still supporting the ongoing studies to determine if there was a connection between adverse health and the water,” he said.  The 14-page complaint, filed along with numerous supporting documents, said Jones can’t work as a nurse because of pain.


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