Decades of Toxic Exposure: The Contaminated Water Crisis at Camp Lejeune

For over forty years, the water wells at Camp Lejeune and MCAS New River in North Carolina were contaminated with high levels of toxic chemicals including trichloroethylene (TCE), perchloroethylene (PCE), benzene, and vinyl chloride. These harmful chemicals are known to cause cancer and other diseases.

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Seeking Justice: The Camp Lejeune Legacy Act

On August 2, 2022, the U.S. Senate passed the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, which allows veterans and their families to bring legal actions seeking compensation for injuries caused by water contamination. Veterans and their families who served or lived at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune or Marine Corp Air Station (MCAS) New River in North Carolina between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987 may be eligible to bring a lawsuit.

Waterborne Perils: The Spectrum of Illnesses at Camp Lejeune

Conditions linked to the toxic chemicals in the water at these Marine Corp bases include:

  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Leukemia
  • Aplastic anemia
  • Myelodysplastic syndrome
  • Bladder cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • End-stage renal disease
  • Liver cancer
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Hodgkin’s disease
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Breast cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Female infertility
  • Kidney cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Lung cancer
  • Hypersensitivity skin disorder
  • Cervical cancer
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Myelodysplastic syndromes
  • Neurobehavioral performance defects
  • Neurological effects
  • Scleroderma
  • Soft tissue cancer
  • Eye defects
  • Impaired immune system function
  • Prostate cancer
  • Brain cancer
  • Liver cirrhosis
  • Cardiac birth defects
  • Choanal atresia
  • Neural tube birth defects
  • Oral cleft birth defects
  • Fetal death

If you or a family member developed a condition linked to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, you may be eligible for compensation.

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