Jim Fontella recently discovered a document on the DVD's provided by the ATSDR which stated that 800,000 gal.'s of fuel had been lost from the Hadnot Point fuel farm (HPFF) and as of the date on that document (November 1996) they had recovered 500,000 gal.'s. All of the previous DON/USMC reports stated that somewhere between 23,150 and 33,150 gal.'s were known to have been lost. There has now been a document discovered which puts the total fuel losses from the HPFF as high as 1.1 million gal.'s of fuel of which most of it was gasoline which has a very high benzene content. The ATSDR is now aware of these discoveries and this information can now be used in the water models for the Hadnot Point and Holcomb Blvd. water systems.
There is little doubt in my mind why the DON/USMC have been so strongly opposed to funding a mortality study for Camp Lejeune, they have known all along how much fuel had been leaked into the ground and groundwater. They also know that there were operating water supply wells which were in very close proximity to the fuel farm, they also know full well that benzene is a known human carcinogen. I am convinced that they also have a very good idea of what this mortality study will reveal, A LIVING NIGHTMARE!
Nobody feels more frustrated by events such as what happened today with the S-1518 bill than I do, but I can assure all of you that there are a lot more battles to be fought and I truly believe that we have more ammo than does the opposition. They are on the defense and we are on the offense, all of their dirty secrets are being laid bare and exposed, like I said above, I truly believe from what we have discovered that there will be a nightmare uncovered regarding what happened at Camp Lejeune. My only fear is that when it is finally uncovered it will be done one body at a time...Jerry Ensminger