Cayuga County officials prepare for blue-green algae season, meet with crisis communicator

From about 1955 to 1985, families and service members at the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina were exposed to drinking water contaminated with industrial solvents that cause cancer and birth defects.

Though the Marine Corps said it did not know the chemical was cancer-causing at that time and thus were not testing for it, families across the three-decade span lost children, experienced multiple kinds of cancers and other serious health effects.

Video from the documentary “Semper Fi: Always Faithful,” shows a congressional hearing with Marine Corps officials. Someone asks them, “Don’t you think it’s your responsibility to let these people know they may have been exposed?”

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