WASHINGTON — A North Carolina senator will allow the appointment of two top Navy officials to go forward after blocking their nominations because of a dispute over water contamination at the Camp Lejeune, N.C., Marine Corps base.
Republican Sen. Richard Burr had blocked the appointments because the Department of the Navy, which includes the Marines, had refused to fund a congressionally mandated $1.53-million mortality study on the impact of toxic water at the base.
This week, the Navy sent Burr a document proving it had released $8.8 million for the mortality study and a handful of other studies related to the water contamination. All will be conducted by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, a division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"I am pleased that the Navy has finally decided to comply with their legal obligations to fund these critical studies," Burr said.
Burr had put holds on two nominees: Paul Luis Oostberg Sanz for general counsel and Jackalyne Pfannenstiel to be an assistant secretary for installations and environment.
The nominations can now move toward a full Senate vote.