CAMP LEJEUNE WATER CONTAMINATION OVERVIEW
Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune is the site of one of the worst water containment cases in US history. The base was a frequent pollution spot where oil, industrial wastewater, and toxic chemicals used in degreasers and solvents were all knowingly dumped in the local storm drains between 1953 and 1987, contaminating the local water supply for 35 years.
The military base was labeled as a major polluter by the Environmental Protection Agency. Reports from 1980 discuss how buried fuel tanks could leak and taint the drinking water of the area. In 1982, the U.S. Marine Corps discovered toxic volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the drinking water at the Camp Lejeune base in North Carolina. However, according to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). The contamination actually began in 1953 and potentially exposed one million base workers, service members, and their families to these chemicals until 1987.
THE CAMP LEJEUNE JUSTICE ACT WILL PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR COMPENSATION
Rob Levine & Associates is investigating cases of individuals who were exposed to cancer-causing chemicals at Camp Lejeune and have been diagnosed with cancer or a serious medical condition. Veterans, family members, and contractors may be eligible for compensation, whether you already collected VA benefits for this injury or not.
WHAT TOXIC CHEMICALS WERE FOUND IN THE DRINKING WATER?
Individuals, both civilian and service members, who lived or worked at the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina between 1953 and 1987 may have been exposed to water contaminated with volatile organic compounds (VOC), such as:
|Benzene, TCE, and VC are all classified as cancer-causing chemicals, while PCE is classified as “likely to be carcinogenic to humans” by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Exposure to these substances can also increase the risk of birth defects and numerous other health problems.|
Exposure to this contaminated water has been linked to an increased risk of multiple adverse health effects, including but not limited to
- Esophageal cancer
- Breast cancer
- Aplastic Anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes
- Bladder cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Liver cancer
- Multiple myeloma
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
- Renal toxicity
- Female infertility
- Hepatic Steatosis (non-alcoholic fatty liver disease)
- Parkinson’s Disease
In addition, children born to mothers who drank the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune were four times more likely to develop birth defects, such as spina bifida. Further, these babies had a slightly elevated risk of childhood cancers.
THE CAMP LEJEUNE JUSTICE ACT OF 2022
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 is a bipartisan bill that will permit those who were exposed to contaminated Camp Lejeune drinking water between 1953 and 1987 to file a claim. Claims will be filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.
The bill was co-sponsored by five Democrats and four Republicans that aims to ensure those suffering illnesses and injuries after exposure to toxic water at Camp Lejeune will receive just compensation for their health conditions.
The bill has been rolled into the larger Honoring our PACT Act, a bill aimed at addressing toxic exposure during military service. The Pact ACT has passed the House of Representatives and is expected to be signed into law by President Biden.
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