The study released late Thursday by the CDC's Agency for Toxic
Substances & Disease Registry surveyed the parents of 12,598
children born at Camp Lejeune between 1968 and 1985, the year
drinking-water wells contaminated with chemicals from a leaky fuel depot
and a dry cleaner were closed.
The study concludes that babies born to mothers who drank the tap
water while pregnant were four times more likely than normal to have
such serious birth defects as spinal bifida. Babies whose mothers were
exposed also had an elevated risk of such childhood cancers as leukemia.