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6/29/2006 - Addition to Dole/Jeffords Amendment for Academy of Sciences study

0 : \ARM\ARM 0 6 G 7 3 .xml AMENDMENT NO. Calendar No. Purpose: To require a National Academy of Sciences study on human exposure to contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES-IO9th Cong., 2d Sess. 8.2766 To authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2007 for military activities of the Department of Defense, for military construction, and for defense activities of the Department of Energy, to prescribe personnel strengths for such fiscal year for the Armed Forces, and for other purposes. and RefeITed to the Committee on ordered to be printed Ordered to lie on the table and to be printed .AMENDMENT intended to be proposed by Mrs. DOLE (for herself and Mr. JEFFORDS) Viz: At the end of subtitle D of title III, add the following: 2 SEC. 352. NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES STUDY ON 3 HUMAN EXPOSURE TO CONTAMINATED 4 DRINKING WATER AT CAMP LEJEUNE, NORTH 5 CAROLINA. 6 (a) STUDY REQUIRED.-"- 0 : \ARM\ARM 0 6 G 7 3 .xml S.L.C 2 (1) IN GENERAL. .Not later than 60 days after ? the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary 3 of Navy shall enter into an agreement with the Na': 4 tional Academy of Sciences to conduct a comprehen- 5 sive review and evaluation of the available scientific 6 and medical evidence regarding associations between 7 pre-natal, child, to drinking and adult exposure 8 water contaminated with trichloroethylene (TOE) 9 and tetrachloroethylene (PCE) at Camp Lejeune 10 North Carolina, as well as other pre-natal, cl.lild, and 11 adult exposures to levels of trichloroethylene and 12 tetrachloroethylene similar to those experienced at 3 Camp Lejeune, and birth defects or diseases and any 14 other adverse health effects. 15 (2) ELEMENTS.-In conducting the review and 6 evaluation, the Academy shall review ,and summarize 17 the scientific and medical evidence and assess the 18 strength of that evidence in establishing a link or as- 19 sociation between exposure to trichloroethylene and 20 tetrachloroethylene and each birth defect or disease 21 suspected to be associated with such exposure. For 22 each birth defect or disease reviewed, the Academy 23 shall determine, to the extent practicable with avail- 24 able scientific and medical data, whether- O:\ARM\ARMO6G73.xml 3 (A) a statistical. association with such con- 2 taminant exposures exists; and 3 (B) there exist plausible biological mecha- 4 nisms or other evidence of a causal relationship 5 between contaminant exposures and the p defect or disease. 7 (3) SCOPE OF REVIEW.- In conducting the re- 8 view and evaluation, the Academy shall include a re- 9 view and evaluation of- 10 (A.) the toxicologic and epidemiologic literature on adverse health effects of trichloro- 12 ethylene and tetrachloroethylene, including epi- 13 demiologic and risk assessment reports 14 government agencies; 5 (B) reccent literature reviews by the 16 tional Research Council, Institute of Medicine, 7 and other groups; 18 (C) the completed and on-going Agency for 9 Toxic Substances Disease Registry (ATSDR) 20 studies potential trichloroethylene and on 21 tetrachloroethylene exposure at Camp Lejeune; 22 and 23 (D) published meta-analyses, 24 (4) PEER REVIEW, -The Academy shall obtain 25 the peer revievv of the report prepared as a resLlit of 0 ; \ARM\ARM 0 6 G 7 3 .xml S.L.C. 4 the review and evaluation under applicable Academy 2 procedures. 3 (5) SUBMITTAL .The Academy shall submit 4 the report prepared as a result of the review and 5 evaluation to the Secretary and Congress not later 6 than 18 months after entering into the agreement 7 for the review and evaluation under paragraph (1 8 (b) NOTICE ON EXPOSURE 9 (1) -Upon completion of NOTICE REQUIRED 10 the current epidemiological study by the .Agency for Toxic Substances Disease Registry, known as the 12 Exposure to Volatile Organic Compounds in Drink- 13 ing Water and Specific Birth Defects and Childhood 4 Cancers, United States Marine Corps Base Camp 15 Lejeune North Carolina, the Commandant of the 16 Marine Corps shall take appropriate actions, includ- 7 ing the use of national media such as newspapers, 18 television, and the Internet, to notify former Camp 9 Lejeune residents and employees who may have been 20 exposed to drinking water impacted by trichloro- 21 ethylene and tetrachloroethylene of the results of the 22 study. 23 (2) ELEMENTS. -information provided by 24 the Commandant of the Marine Corps under para- 25 graph (1 shall be prepared in conjunction with the 0 : \ARM\ARM 0 6 G 7 3 .xml 5 Agency for Toxic Substances Disease Registry and 2 shall include a description of sources of additional 3 information relating to such e:xposure, including, but 4 not be limited to, the following: 5 (A) A description of the events resulting in 6 exposure to contaminated drinking water at 7 Camp Lejeune 8 (B) A description of the duration and ex- 9 tent of the contamination of drinking water at 10 Camp Lejeune 11 (C) The known and suspected health ef- 12 fects of exposure to the drinking water im- 13 pacted by trichloroethylene 14 tetrachloroethylene at Camp Le.ieune.

 
 

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