The State of Things
12:09 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

The Untold Story Of Camp Lejeune

Experts and victims discuss the issue of contaminated water at Camp Lejeune

For more than three decades, hundreds of thousands of people were likely exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, a Marine base in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

Fuel-farm leaks and the improper disposal of toxic substances from nearby buildings led to a level of chemicals often described as a "toxic stew." These contaminants have been linked to a series of birth defects and cancers affecting former Lejeune residents. Journalist Mike Magner explores the untold side of this disaster in his new book: the personal stories of affected veterans and their families and the response by the Marine Corps. 

Host Frank Stasio talks with Magner about the book, A Trust Betrayed: The Untold Story of Camp Lejeune and the Poisoning of Generations of Marines and Their Families (Merloyd Lawrence Books/Da Capo Press2014). He also speaks with two men who have been directly affected by the contamination: retired Marine Master Sgt.Jerry Ensminger and Mike Partain. 

The documentary Semper Fi: Always Faithful tells more of Jerry and Mike's stories. Here's a trailer:

Semper Fi: Always Faithful Trailer from Tied to the Tracks Films on Vimeo.


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