Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuit PFAS

Camp Lejeune PFAS Water Contamination Lawsuit

From 1953 to 1987, the drinking water at the United States Marine Corps (USMC) Base Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina may have been contaminated.

During that time, nearly a million civilian workers, military service members, and their families were potentially exposed to dangerous chemicals that can cause cancer and other serious health issues.

If you or your loved one suffered health problems or cancer from contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, you may be eligible for compensation from a Camp Lejeune lawsuit.

Call (800) 605-0082 or get a free case review today to learn more.

Contaminated Water at Camp Lejeune Linked to Cancer

In 1982, the U.S. Marine Corps discovered dangerous chemicals known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) including PFAS, in the drinking water at the Camp Lejeune base in North Carolina. However, the contamination actually began in 1953 and continued to expose base workers, service members, and their families until 1987, according to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), though the most contaminated wells were removed from service in February 1985.
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The toxic VOCs found in the drinking water included:

Polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS / PFOS): chemicals that resist grease, oil, water, and heat. They were first used in the 1940’s and are now in hundreds of products including stain- and water-resistant fabrics and carpeting, cleaning products, paints, and fire-fighting foams.

Benzene: Used to make other chemicals that compose plastics, resins, and nylon and synthetic fibers

Tetrachloroethylene (also known as perchloroethylene or PCE): For dry cleaning and metal degreasing

Trichloroethylene (TCE): A solvent used to clean metal parts 

Vinyl chloride (VC): Over time, TCE and PCE in groundwater degrade to become VC

Benzene, TCE, and VC are all classified as cancer-causing chemicals, while PCE is classified as probably carcinogenic. Exposure to these chemicals can also increase the risk of birth defects and other health problems.

Camp Lejeune Contaminated Water Update 2022

In June 2022, the U.S. government passed the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2021, which was part of the Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act. The Honoring Our PACT Act focuses on addressing issues that affect veterans who were exposed to toxic materials during service.

Because of this new law, those who were exposed can now seek compensation by filing a Camp Lejeune lawsuit after having been denied justice for so many years.

Who Can File a Camp Lejeune Toxic Water Lawsuit?

You may be eligible to file a Camp Lejeune lawsuit if you or your loved one:

  • Was exposed to contaminated drinking water for at least 30 days between August 1, 1952 and December 31, 1987

  • Suffered from cancer or other health related issues related to water contamination at Camp Lejeune

Not sure about your legal options? Our team can listen to your story and let you know what your options may be. There’s no cost to speak with us, and we’re available 24/7.

Call (800) 605-0082 or get a free case review today to learn more.