I have said from the first that I would like to see those responsible for these decisions be prosecuted, and I still would, but if it is a choice between putting off helping people even longer or going after the criminals then I choose the helping people option. The more that we talk about the crimes involved the harder the powers that be will fight to keep the whole thing obfuscated and hidden and the harder they will fight to make sure that the harm is never admitted to. Seeking justice is a luxury which we can ill afford so long as there are people who suffer impacts to the water and air pollution without receiving the aid and monetary help that our government owes to each of them. I, personally, would prefer a solution which both helps those in need and punishes those who caused it. I am also a realist and I know that it may take allowing those criminals to go free through legal amnesty in order to accomplish the greater good of getting people the help that they deserve NOW! Too many have died already without any acknowledgement of the wrongs perpetrated against them and the root causes of their illnesses.
This EPA finding is a huge step in the right direction. It will make it much harder for the VA to discount the direct connection between the contamination in the water and the air at Camp Lejeune and the illnesses suffered by those who have been on that base since the early 1940s when the petroleum leaks and TCE contamination started to be a problem.
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