The ATSDR (Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry) is an extension of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control). As lead investigative body into the Camp Lejeune contamination issue, the ATSDR “is currently reviewing relevant information and data about the sources of benzene contamination on base. Information and data sources include the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC), Department of Navy (DON), North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, consultant and contractors to the USMC and the DON, and the Camp Lejeune Community Assistance Panel. Information and data will be reviewed as quickly as possible so ATSDR can move forward with health studies on base.”
One of the ways that you can stay informed or interact further with the ATSDR in your area is to inquire about serving on their Community Advisory Panels (CAPs). CAP meetings are held regularly to serve as a conduit for community concerns expressed to the ATSDR and to college feedback from the ATSDR studies to share with the Camp Lejeune community.
Find out more here: ATSDR Camp Lejeune Website
Since news of the contamination first surfaced, 27 marines have been identified as being diagnosed with rare male breast cancer. All 27 shared a common link to serving at Camp Lejeune. Legislation was passed in July, 2012 to help military families exposed to the contamination.