Marine Brass Ignored Warnings About Toxic Water
This is a story that has gripped the nation. Literally thousands of innocent men, women, and children have been the victims of one of the worst contamination tragedies in U.S. history. People have suffered. Hundreds of American citizens, young and old, have been stricken with horrific illnesses and diseases that harm, disfigure, maim, and even kill. What’s worse, the military leaders at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina knew about the inherent dangers yet did nothing.
Policy of denial leads to ongoing tragedy
Between 1953-1987, people living or working at Camp Lejeune were exposed to contaminated water that has caused death or life-altering disease. What’s worse, direct evidence suggests that senior military leaders knew of the risks and chose not to act. They concealed their knowledge of the problem. The following are just some of allegations of denial by U.S. Marine officials:
1959 – Legrand Survey and Evaluation raised a concern about the water supply. Years later, in 1986, the USGS (United States Geological Services) found that the ground water “was not well protected from potential surface contamination.”
1981 – Environmental Hygiene Agency (EHA) delivered a report stating, “water is highly contaminated with other chlorinated hydrocarbons (solvents).” It was ignored.
1982 – Grainger Laboratories was contracted to examine the problem and submitted findings that the wells supplying water to the base were contaminated. Despite repeated warnings to various camp commanders, nothing was done.
1983 – Camp Lejeune officials reported to the EPA that there were no contamination issues or environmental issues.
1984 – After another 3rd party agency reviewed the water and found benzene, along with perchloroethylene and trichloroethylene. The Marine Camp finally began shutting down the wells. The last was shut down in 1985.
Are You a Victim?
At least four years went by in the early 80s before the Marine base took action to shut down the wells. Today, the question is not whether or not the water was contaminated at Camp Lejeune for three decades. Rather, the question is: are you a victim? If you or a loved one lived at Camp Lejeune between 1953-1987 you very well could be.