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‘It was mind-blowing:’ A young Marine family grapples with news Laurel Bay contamination

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Becca and Jerrico Satryan
Becca and Jerrico Satryan. Photo submitted to Island Packet

Becca and Jerrico Satryan have three little boys, two of whom have illnesses. The Satryans wonder if those illnesses have anything to do with the contamination at Laurel Bay.

This is the fifth story in the nine-part series — Buried: Contamination, confusion in a Beaufort military community.

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?

Click here to view the special presentation.
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