For decades officials were aware of water contamination on U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, but never addressed the problem. From 1953 to 1987, those who lived, worked, or otherwise spent time on the base, cooked with, bathed in, and drank the contaminated water to their peril.
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022, which is part of the Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act of 2022, was signed into law on August 10, 2022. This historic legislation will allow those injured by exposure to the toxic drinking water at Camp Lejeune to seek monetary recovery for damages from the United States government.
In 1982 the United States Marine Corps discovered Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) in the drinking water sourced by 2 of 8 water treatment plants at Camp Lejeune. Between 1953 and 1987, traces of PCE (perchloroethylene), TCE (trichloroethylene), Benzene and Vinyl Chloride were found in drinking water that has since been identified by the Federal Government as exceeding the current EPA maximum contamination levels by hundreds of times. The two water treatment plants are Hadnot Point and Tarawa Terrace.
Studies have shown that water contamination at Camp Lejeune has been linked to these injuries:
Cardiac Birth Defects
Hadnot Point water treatment plant began operation in 1942 and supplied water to the Mainside Barracks, Hospital Point Family Housing, Family Housing at Midway Park, Paradise Point and Berkeley Manor. Hadnot Point had multiple sources of contamination streaming from leaks in underground storage tanks, industrial area spills and waste disposal sites. VOCs identified at Hadnot Point are PCE, Benzene and Vinyl Chloride.
Tarawa Terrace water treatment plant began operation in 1952 and supplied water to Tarawa Terrace family housing and Knox Trailer Park. The source of contamination was identified as an off-base dry cleaning company, ABC One-Hour Cleaners, through their waste disposal practices.
The most contaminated wells were shut down in February of 1985.
Additional injuries that may be linked to the water contamination are:
Aplastic Anemia and other Myelodysplastic Syndromes
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act, which is part of the Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act of 2022, was signed into law on August 10, 2022. This historic legislation will allow those injured by exposure to the toxic drinking water at Camp Lejeune to seek monetary recovery for damages from the United States government.
How The Nations Law Firm Can Help
The Nations Law Firm is proud to represent Veterans, family members, and civilians who were stationed at, worked on, or otherwise spent time at Camp Lejeune who were injured by exposure to the base’s toxic water supply. You may qualify for compensation under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act.
We invite you to contact us for a free case evaluation using our secure online form. Or call us at 1-800-800-1102.
The Nations Law Firm is a Veteran-owned law firm that has been in operation for over 50 years. Howard Nations is one of the most successful trial lawyers in the country. The Nations Law Firm specializes in catastrophic injury cases and is proud to help those injured by the toxic water at Camp Lejeune achieve the justice they deserve.