Camp Lejeune Water Contamination

Camp Lejeune, located in Jacksonville, North Carolina, is one of the largest Marine Corps bases for the United States Armed Forces.

An investigation conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) uncovered that two of the eight water treatment facilities serving Camp Lejeune were contaminated with specific volatile organic chemicals (VOCs), including:

  • Trichloroethylene (TCE): a metal cleaning agent
  • Perchloroethylene (PCE): a commercial dry-cleaning agent
  • Benzene: a compound found in gasoline production

The Tarawa Terrace Water Treatment Plant was discovered to be contaminated with high concentrations of PCE while the Hadnot Point Treatment Plant contained TCE and benzene.

Service members and their families who resided on base between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987 have been linked to various types of cancers and medical complications, including:

  • Bladder cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Female infertility
  • Birth Defects
  • Hepatic steatosis
  • Kidney cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Lung cancer
  • Miscarriage
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Myelodysplastic syndromes
  • Neurobehavioral effects
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Renal toxicity
  • Scleroderma

Legal action & Assistance

On Wednesday, August 10, 2022, President Biden signed the bipartisan Camp Lejeune Justice Act into law. The passage of the bill is a win for the hundreds of thousands veterans and their families who finally have the right to seek relief from the federal government.

Injured residents of Camp Lejeune, including veterans, their spouses and children, or military dependents, may have a valid legal claim related to harm caused by contaminated water at Camp Lejeune. If you were a resident of the Marine Corps Base at Camp Lejeune at any time between 1953 to 1987 and have suffered from one of the medical complications listed above, please contact Johnson Law Group at (800) 342-8899.