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Burr, Hagan Press For Water Contamination Testing At Camp Lejeune

Contaminated water at the Camp Lejeune military base has been linked to adverse health effects.
Courtesy of Sanjay Parekh

North Carolina's U.S. senators say they're concerned about slow answers in the Camp Lejeune water contamination case.  
Republican Richard Burr and Democrat Kay Hagan have sent a letter to federal Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius.  They want to know why an investigative agency under the HHS umbrella seems to be dragging its feet.  

The senators have requested that the Agency on Toxic Substances and Disease Registry conduct a cancer incidence study to gauge the effects of contaminated water at the Marine base.  The agency's interim leader has said she did not have the resources to do that analysis.  

Burr and Hagan are looking for Secretary Sebelius to explain the delay in the investigation

Burr and Hagan are looking for Secretary Sebelius to explain the delay in the investigation and determine if HHS would be willing to partner with other health agencies to complete the study.   The senators are requesting a response from Sebelius by the end of next week.
Listen to Jerry Ensminger's story. Ensminger was a Marine based at Camp Lejeune. He believes his daughter died from drinking contaminated water. He spoke with Dick Gordon:
Here's a trailer to a movie made about Jerry and his daughter Janie:

Photo courtesy of Sanjay Parekh.

Gurnal Scott joined North Carolina Public Radio in March 2012 after several stops in radio and television. After graduating from the College of Charleston in his South Carolina hometown, he began his career in radio there. He started as a sports reporter at News/Talk Radio WTMA and won five Sportscaster of the Year awards. In 1997, Gurnal moved on to television as general assignment reporter and weekend anchor for WCSC-TV in Charleston. He anchored the market's top-rated weekend newscasts until leaving Charleston for Memphis, TN in 2002. Gurnal worked at WPTY-TV for two years before returning to his roots in radio. He joined the staff of Memphis' NewsRadio 600 WREC in 2004 eventually rising to News Director. In 2006, Raleigh news radio station WPTF came calling and he became the station's chief correspondent. Gurnal’s reporting has been honored by the South Carolina Broadcasters Association, the North Carolina Associated Press, and the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas.
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