Camp Lejeune Workshop

Assessing birth defect outcomes to drinking water contamination at US Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina: Environmental analysis and epidemiology

An epidemiological study is being conducted to evaluate whether exposures in-utero and during infancy to volatile organic compound contaminated drinking water at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina was associated with specific birth defects and childhood cancers. The study includes births occurring during the period 1968–1985 to women who were pregnant while they resided in family housing at the base. No exposure data and very limited contaminant data are available to support the epidemiological study. As a result, modeling techniques are being used to estimate the historical and present-day conditions in groundwater and water-distribution systems at the base. Using modeling techniques as part of the historical reconstruction process allows the estimation of concentrations of particular contaminants delivered through the drinking water-system and the frequency and duration of exposure to contaminants in drinking water. This information will be provided to epidemiologists so that estimates of historical exposure can be quantified. Presenters in this session will provide summaries of the ongoing epidemiologic study including water modeling and exposure assessment techniques.


Provide attendees with an understanding of health study being conducted at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Provide attendees with knowledge of water modeling tools and analyses being used to reconstruct historical concentrations and exposures to contaminants in drinking water at Camp Lejeune in support of the health study.

Workshop Instructors: Morris L. Maslia (PE, DEE), Frank Bove (ScD), Mustafa M. Aral (PhD, PE), Robert E. Faye (MSCE) and Rene Suarez-Soto (MSCE)

Workshop Duration: 1 Day (during December 4-6, 2006)

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