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Contaminated Water At Camp Lejeune Linked To Birth Defects

Contaminated water at the Camp Lejeune military base has been linked to adverse health effects.
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A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that babies born to mothers who drank contaminated tap water at Camp Lejeune while pregnant had elevated risks of childhood cancers and serious birth defects.  

Host Frank Stasio speaks to Richard Clapp, professor emeritus at Boston University School of Public Health and member of the CDC's Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry; and Michael Biesecker, reporter for the Associated Press, on the link between contaminated water and birth defects.  

Shawn Wen joined the staff of The State of Things in March 2012 and served as associate producer until February 2014.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.