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Bill Aims to Aid Camp Lejeune Contamination Victims

Bill Aims to Aid Camp Lejeune Contamination Victims

Two North Carolina congressional leaders have introduced legislation they say will help people exposed to contaminated water near a closed Asheville factory and a Marine Corps base.

Sen. Kay Hagan, D-NC, and Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-NC, said Friday the measure would preempt states from limiting the time frame in which damages can be recovered in pollution lawsuits.

The legislation is in response to a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that halted an Asheville lawsuit.

The Supreme Court cited a 10-year limit for filing lawsuits when ruling Asheville residents couldn’t sue a nearby electroplating business for contamination. The company closed in the 1980s. U.S. Justice Department attorneys then asked a federal appeals court to dismiss a lawsuit blaming contaminated tap water at Camp Lejeune for causing health problems among families who lived there, citing the Asheville ruling.

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