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Workshop Abstracts

Name of Session:

Session E 1

Assessing Birth Outcomes to Drinking Water Contamination at US Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina: Environmental Analyses and Epidemiology

Description of Session

An epidemiological study is being conducted to evaluate whether exposures in-utero and during infancy to volatile organic compound-contaminated drinking water at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina was associated with specific birth defects and childhood cancers.  The study includes births occurring during the period 1968–1985 to women who were pregnant while they resided in family housing at the base. No exposure data and very limited contaminant data are available to support the epidemiological study. As a result, modeling techniques are being used to estimate the historical and present-day conditions in groundwater and water-distribution systems at the base. Using modeling techniques as part of the historical reconstruction process allows the estimation of concentrations of particular contaminants delivered through the drinking water-system and the frequency and duration of exposure to contaminants in drinking water. This information will be provided to epidemiologists so that estimates of historical exposure can be quantified. Presenters in this session will provide summaries of the ongoing epidemiologic study, including water modeling and exposure assessment techniques.

Presenter(s) E-mail
Moderator: Morris L. Maslia, BCE, MSCE mmaslia@cdc.gov

Presenter 1: Frank Bove ScD

Title of Presentation: :  Overview of the Current Health Study at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

fbove@cdc.gov

Presenter 2: Robert E. Faye

Title of Presentation: Use of Groundwater Flow, Fate and Transport, and Uncertainty Modeling in Support of the Ongoing Health Study at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina

refaye@alltel.net

Presenter 3:  Mustafa M. Aral

Title of Presentation: From the Laboratory to the Field: Commercializing Remediation Technology

maral@ce.gatech.edu

Presenter 4: Jason B. Sautner

Title of Presentation: Water Distribution System Field Tests and Modeling in Support of the Ongoing Health Study at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeun

sautner@cdc.gov