The Department of Veterans Affairs today announced that it will start the process of amending its regulations to establish presumptions of service connection for certain conditions resulting from exposure to contaminated drinking water at the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.
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Want to know more about VHA guidance on Camp Lejeune water contamination? Take a closer look at the January 2014 Release of the latest “Guidance for Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Staff – Covered Clinical Conditions – Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012, Section 102”:
“I have found several errors in the description and the historical testing procedures for some of the contaminants involved at Lejeune. There was also once again no mention of the DON’s regulations dating back to 1963 which specifically state that no substance for which deleterious physiological effects are, or are not known, shall be introduced into the drinking water system which would permit them to reach the consumer. Also, the IOM downplayed the accuracy/credibility of the ATSDR water models because that was how it was presented to them by the VA.”