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NC House to adjust contamination lawsuit rule

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RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina legislators are working to adjust a rule cited by the U.S. Supreme Court this week that could prevent people who live at Camp Lejeune and in Asheville from recovering damages for contaminated water.
 
House Republicans pushed a bill through committee Thursday to change a law barring any lawsuit brought more than 10 years after the alleged contamination occurred. The proposal says the 10-year period wasn't meant to bar personal injury cases involving certain groundwater contamination.
 
The Supreme Court ruled Monday a group of Asheville homeowners can't sue a company because the contamination ended in the 1980s. A similar situation involves exposure at Camp Lejeune the government says ended in 1987.
 
House Speaker Thom Tillis says lawmakers believe the change will help bring relief to the affected residents.
 
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