Statement of Dr. Diana Zuckerman Regarding Deadly Water at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina

By Dr. Diana Zuckerman

August 14, 2014

A new study shows that the contaminated drinking water at USMC Base Camp Lejeune from the 1950s to 1985 was deadly to civilians working there1 as well as the active military and their family members living there.

The study found more deaths from cancers of the kidney, rectum, oral cavity, leukemias, multiple myeloma, and Parkinson’s disease among those workers compared to workers at Camp Pendleton.  It usually takes decades for cancer to develop after exposure, so it is necessary to continue this research to learn more and to appropriately compensate the individuals and families who were harmed.  Most important it is essential that this kind of outrageous disregard for human health of our military families and the workers that serve them never happens again.

  1. Bove, Frank J., Perri Z. Ruckart, Morris Maslia, and Theodore C. Larson. Mortality Study of Civilian Employees Exposed to Contaminated Drinking Water at USMC Base Camp Lejeune: A Retrospective Cohort Study. Environmental Health 13.68 (2014): n. pag. Web. 14 Aug. 2014. <>.