The Contamination at Camp Lejeune
Five Decades of Disease and Deceit
Tragedy of Epic Proportions
Between 1952–1987, soldiers and families were commissioned by the military to live on base at Camp Lejeune, where common practices allowed for the dumping of oil, industrial wastewater, and potentially radioactive toxic chemicals into storm drains. These negligent practices caused toxic chemicals to seep into the water tables and ultimately contaminate the water supply on base.
Even worse, these hazards were no secret. During the 1970s, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) labeled Camp Lejeune a major polluter. Regulations were added by the military in 1984 outlining the proper technique required for disposal of hazardous waste, such as organic compounds, which could possibly infiltrate and contaminate drinking water.
Reports show that as early as April 1980, leakage problems from buried fuel tanks could make water contamination a possibility. Regardless of the warning signs, the military did not begin testing the drinking water until 1982. By this time, the damage was done.
The men, women, and children living at Camp Lejeune drank and bathed in water laced with toxic chemicals such as trichloroethylene (TCE), a chemical used as a degreaser; perchloroethylene (PCE), a dry-cleaning solvent; benzene, an industrial solvent; and vinyl chloride.
Most people that lived on the base bathed in and ingested tap water contaminated by dangerous chemicals and carcinogens found in the water supply, leading to multiple cases of extremely rare male breast cancer and thousands more reported cases of cancers, leukemia, birth defects, and other rare illnesses.
Scientific studies show that these harmful chemical compounds have breached the groundwater supply on several of our U.S. Military Bases and, in some instances, have affected civilian properties adjacent to the bases, including churches, schools, and private wells.
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