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From St. Petersburg Times:

It seemed as if everyone had a story about illness or death. They filled the room.

Men and women with breast cancer. Prostate cancer. Bladder cancer. Disorders of the nervous system. The parents of babies who died days after birth. Husbands and wives who recalled the agony of a loved one.

The one thing they shared other than illness brought them to Tampa Saturday:

They had all lived at Camp Lejeune, a Marine Corps base in North Carolina.

Up to 250 people, mostly Tampa Bay residents, gathered at the Tampa Marriott Westshore for an informational meeting about what scientists think is one of the worst incidents of drinking water contamination in the nation’s history.

The meeting was organized by a law firm seeking clients.

But it was two of the leading advocates for the alleged victims of that tainted water who presented the case that the corps ignored stark warnings about pollution and waited four years to close those wells.

The advocates said they suffered, too. Former Marine drill instructor Jerry Ensminger’s daughter was conceived at Lejeune and died of leukemia at age 9. Mike Partain, an officer’s son, was born at the base in 1968 and is one of 67 men who lived at Lejeune and were later diagnosed with rare breast cancer.

Both men told the crowd to urge Florida’s congressional delegation to get involved to help Lejeune’s ill and dying.

“These are the people who lost a loved one to cancer or who had cancer or are dealing with cancer,” Partain said after the meeting. “These are the people who loved and trusted the corps and now feel a sense of betrayal.”

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North Carolina:

From the air there appears to be nothing left of the Sangamo-Weston Plant that once stood in Pickens.But, unfortunately, the industry left plenty behind.

“Everybody says, ‘Oh, we didn’t know it was so harmful.’ Bull manure! They did know it was harmful,” Federal Judge Ross Anderson said.

Anderson is talking about the 400,000 pounds of PCBs the plant dumped into 12-Mile River during the 60s and 70s.

The cancer-causing substance found its way to Lake Hartwell where today, people are still warned not to eat the fish.

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“We’re going to be paying a price for our environment for at least the lifetime of my grandson,” he said.

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Here are three parts of a disturbing story from News Channel 7 (Spartanburg, North Carolina).

Shadow of Sickness: Community Wants Answers On Cancer Rate:

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A sad pattern continues down Bennett Dairy Road. In a door-to-door survey of homes in this small area, WSPA documented 25 cases of cancer, 14 of them fatal, dating back to ’75. More . . .

Shadow of sickness: Part 2: Former employee accuses Hoechst Fibers of releasing toxic waste:

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Karen Murph’s spirited fight has inspired those around her, including a man named Ken Easler. He lives not far from her and goes to church with her. And he believes he knows why she and many of her neighbors have gotten sick. More . . .

Spartanburg WSPA TV: Shadow of sickness Part 3.

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Ken Easler, who retired from Hoecsht in 1986, says he had a close friend in upper management who let him in on plant secrets. He says he has decided to share those secrets now because a friend, Karen Murph, is dying of cancer – cancer Easler believes was caused by harmful chemicals Hoechst put in the environment. More . . .

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