U.S. Senator Kay Hagan released the following statement after the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) released the Camp Lejeune Chapter A Report: “Today’s report brings us closer than ever to getting Camp Lejeune families the answers they deserve.” The ATSDR report estimates that drinking water at Camp Lejeune exceeded the maximum contaminant level (MCL) for certain cancer-causing carcinogens from 1953-1985. Last week, Hagan joined Senator Richard Burr to introduce legislation that extends health care coverage for Camp Lejeune families back to 1953, four years earlier than now covered under the Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act. Together, Senators Hagan and Burr included key provisions in the FY2011 Defense Authorization bill requiring the Navy and Marine Corps to provide ATSDR with a complete picture of all relevant Lejeune water contamination documents. This coordination was necessary to help ATSDR complete their studies, and provide an accurate portrayal of the contaminants that were present in Camp Lejeune's water supply. The Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act, signed into law last year, opens access to VA health care for veterans and their family members who developed specific health problems after exposure to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune.