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Veterans and Civilians Exposed to Contaminated Water Can Now Seek Justice

CAMP LEJEUNE WATER CONTAMINATION

Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune is one of the worst water contamination 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.

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 for decades. Individuals affected by Camp Lejeune toxic water can now seek compensation.

Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuit: All you need to know

The United States Marine Base Camp Lejeune is under fire as officials link exposure to contaminated water to millions of serious health conditions and death.

Camp LeJeune Justice Act of 2022

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 was proposed to establish a resolution to over one million men, women, and children who endured long-lasting effects from water contamination on the Marine base, Camp LeJeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 permits any person who lived or worked on Camp LeJeune between August 1953 – December 1987 to file a claim against the U.S government. This bill honors a long-awaited relief to the victims poisoned during their time of service.

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What’s in the Water?

High levels of harmful chemicals including Benzene, Tetrachloroethylene, Trichloroethylene (TCE), and Vinyl chloride (VC) were discovered in Camp Lejeune’s water supply in 1982, with an unfortunate history of exposure dating back to 1953.

The variety of chemicals the population was exposed to are identified as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) which have a high vapor pressure with low water solubility. Many VOCs are manmade and used for thousands of products like paints and lacquers, paint strippers, cleaning supplies, pesticides, building materials, and more. These volatile organic chemicals like Benzene, TCE, and VC are proven to be carcinogenic and extremely harmful to surrounding life.

How did the water get contaminated?

Initial contamination can be credited to external factors as well as direct pollution from activities on base. According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, “The source of the contamination was the waste disposal practices at ABC One-Hour Cleaners, an off-base dry-cleaning firm” (2014). The marine base’s proximity to a large dry-cleaning facility using unsafe dumping solutions resulted in high levels of chemicals in the nearby water supply.

In addition, harsh chemicals were used to clean industrial-military gear where the runoff impacted the areas water quality while significant amounts of fuel leakage originating from deteriorating fuel tanks located underground had an impact.

Did the military Ignore and Conceal the Water Contamination at Camp Lejeune? Is Camp Lejeune Water Still Contaminated?

While there is no clear evidence that implies the military was aware of these toxic levels at the time, the base played a role in the pollution. Like Camp Lejeune, many other military bases are heavily polluted, many of which are identified as Superfund Sites. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) carries out the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) created in 1980, to remedy contaminated sites. CERCLA is informally known as Superfund providing the “EPA the funds and authority to clean up contaminated sites” (2021).

Camp LeJeune is one of the 141 Superfund Sites that require immediate government support to get back to a safe state. At this point, the EPA states, “Remedy implementation began in 2020 and will continue through 2022” (2022).  Efforts are being made today but the water is still not adequate for safe use.

Health Implications

An array of health concerns is linked to consistent consumption of the water in Camp LeJeune Jacksonville, North Carolina. Some health issues have had serious effects on not only those who lived on base during the time of contamination, but generations to come.

As of March 7, 2022, The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs acknowledges a variety of illnesses associated with high levels of toxics in the Camp Lejeune water supply.

  • Adult leukemia
  • Aplastic anemia
  • Myelodysplastic syndromes
  • Bladder cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Renal toxicity
  • Scleroderma
  • Lung cancer
  • Hepatic steatosis
  • Miscarriage
  • Female infertility
  • Neurobehavioral effects

A large portion of the medical complications linked to the contamination is that of children, babies, and unborn utero on base from 1953-1987. Dependents living on base at the time are some of the individuals who are experiencing life-threatening illnesses today.

Many of the children on Camp Lejeune did not make it to adulthood due to serious birth defects or early childhood cancers. Miscarriages and unexplainable infant deaths can be directly linked to the high levels of toxins in the drinking water.

Camp Lejeune Legislative Updates

On March 3, 2022, the Camp Lejeune Act of 2022 passed through Congress and then the Senate on June 16, 2022. As of now, the act is in its final stage of approval. When it is finalized anyone who was exposed to water at Camp Lejeune between 1953 -1987 has the right to file a Camp Lejeune water lawsuit and receive compensation for the pain and suffering sustained from their stay.

What Does the Camp Lejeune Justice Act Mean for Me?

As a member of the Camp Lejeune community from 1953-1987, you may be eligible to file a contaminated water lawsuit against the U.S. government. If you, your family, or even your unborn child was exposed to the toxic drinking water on the base and suffered any form of adverse medical condition you have rights. For information on Camp Lejeune water contamination and questions about camp Lejeune water contamination settlement amounts, visit our website here.

If you, or someone you know, had exposure to the water at Camp Lejeune during the contaminated period through drinking, eating, cleaning, bathing, and overall daily use, contact Rob Levine & Associates for legal representation today!

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.

BENEFITS FOR VETERANS

Since 2017, veterans have been able to file a claim for VA disability compensation related to their Camp Lejeune service. With a Camp Lejeune-related condition and 30 days (consecutive or cumulative) of Camp Lejeune service, VA will presume that their condition is related to Camp Lejeune contaminated water. From there, VA will grant service connection and assign a VA disability rating based on the severity of the veteran’s condition.

 

Veterans can also pursue compensation through the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022, explained below. Our experienced Veterans Disability team can help any veteran with their VA disability compensation benefits, including Camp Lejeune-related conditions. Contact us today for a free case evaluation!

INJURIES & DISEASES

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
  • Leukemia 
  • Aplastic Anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes
  • Bladder cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Renal toxicity 
  • Scleroderma
  • Miscarriage
  • 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

In 2022, President Biden signed into law The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022, which is intended to compensate individuals, veterans or civilians, who have been harmed by Camp Lejeune contaminated water. Unlike VA disability compensation which is limited to veterans, the Camp Lejeune Justice Act allows family members of veterans, employees, and civilian contractors to obtain compensation. Veterans may also seek compensation under the Act that is separate from their VA disability benefits. Claims will be filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

 

While financial compensation will not fully rectify the injuries that you have experienced as a result of contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, it is a start. Let the attorneys at Rob Levine & Associates help you obtain the justice that you deserve. We can help you navigate this newly-created law to establish your rights to compensation. Contact us today!

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