The vote today and recent Congressional actions are a testimony to the persistence of certain legislators and their staffs and a tribute to the countless victims who have either passed away or are still suffering the effects of institutional negligence and persistent failures of leadership within the United States Department of Defense. The passage of this legislation will not be the final chapter of this ongoing national tragedy. The Department of the Navy and the Marine Corps have to this day refused to release all information relating to this issue. There has been absolutely no accountability for past criminal negligence nor for the ongoing conspiracy by authorities to conceal that neglect. Camp Lejeune should stand shoulder to shoulder with Love Canal, Woburn, Mass. and the thousands of other contamination sites in our country as stark reminders to our citizens that the environment and the regulations to protect it are not only important...our very existence depends on them!