When did the Marine Corps begin notifying individuals?

Upon initial discovery of contamination in the wells in 1984, the Base Commanding General at the time sent a letter to all residents. The Marine Corps also published news articles in the base paper and distributed press releases to local media.

In 1999, the Marine Corps conducted an outreach/mass media campaign to assist the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) in locating potential participants for the scientific study. This study population included parents that were pregnant while living in on-base housing from 1968 – 1985. To assist ATSDR with its recruiting efforts for the study, the Marine Corps distributed announcements to more than 3,500 media outlets (TV, daily & weekly newspapers), as well as releasing two (2) separate worldwide Marine Messages.