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Buried: Contamination, confusion in a Beaufort military community

Jackson Bell uses a feeding tube due to multiple eosinophilic disorders.
Jackson Bell uses a feeding tube due to multiple eosinophilic disorders. Island Packet

Buried: An Island Packet investigation

In the 1950s, more than a thousand tanks filled with heating oil were buried underneath Laurel Bay, a Marine housing community in Beaufort County. Decades passed by, and those tanks corroded. Fuel leaked into the soil, contaminating the ground. Now Laurel Bay residents battle with leukemia, infertility and rare diseases. And they can't help but wonder, is contamination the cause?

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