PoliticalNews.me - Mar 01,2014 - Hagan Questions Acting Director of Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry about Camp Lejeune Water Contamination
New study shows elevated mortality rates due to cancer, ALS
Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kay Hagan met with Dr. Tanja Popovic, the Acting Director of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), along with U.S. Senator Richard Burr and U.S. Representative John Dingell, to discuss water contamination at Camp Lejeune. Last week ATSDR issued a study that showed higher mortality rates due to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and several types of cancer at Camp Lejeune. Hagan questioned Acting Director Popovic about ASTDR'S plan for long-term follow-up to assess the effects of exposures, the need for a cancer incidence study and the progress of reissuing a Public Health Assessment for Camp Lejeune.
"This study provides us important answers about the water contamination at Camp Lejeune, but it is important that Acting Director Popovic leads a proactive effort to continue studying the long-term consequences of the contamination," Hagan said. "I've fought in the Senate to provide health care to Camp Lejeune veterans and their families who were exposed to contaminated water because they need and deserve it, and I will continue the fight to get answers for these families."
For more information on the ATSDR study, click here. Results of this study were announced two months after ATSDR released a study on birth defects and childhood cancer resulting from water contamination at Camp Lejeune. That study suggests associations between contamination in Camp Lejeune drinking water and neural tube defects (NTDs), such as spina bifida, and childhood hematopoietic cancers, such as leukemia. For more on that study, please click here.
In 2012, Hagan joined Senator Burr and colleagues on both sides of the aisle to pass the bipartisan Honoring America's Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act, which ensured that those who were exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune will receive the health care they need and deserve from the VA. She was also instrumental in ensuring that the Department of Defense released documents related to the water contamination to the public.