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Hagan seeks answers on Lejeune water contamination

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CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — Sen. Kay Hagan says she is working to get answers about past water contamination at a North Carolina Marine base.

Federal health officials said two weeks ago that they were withdrawing a 1997 assessment of health effects from the water contamination at Camp Lejeune because of omissions and scientific inaccuracy. The past statement had said that the chemicals posed little or no cancer risk to people at Camp Lejeune.

Hagan will hold a conference call Wednesday to discuss her efforts to determine what caused the data gaps.

Health officials now believe that as many as 1 million people may have been exposed to water toxins over a span of about three decades before the wells were closed 22 years ago.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Sen. Kay Hagan says she is working to get answers about past water contamination at a North Carolina Marine base.

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