Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base

Jacksonville, NC

Camp Lejeune is also known as a base riddled with contamination where soldiers who dedicated their lives to their country are now losing their lives to cancer and various other major health issues. These soldiers and their families were commissioned by the military to live on base where common practice allowed for the dumping of oil and industrial wastewater into storm drains and potentially radioactive material was buried. These common practices allowed toxic chemicals to seep into the water tables and to ultimately contaminate the water supply on base.

Since that time it is known that between 1952 and 1987 the men, women and children living at Camp Lejeune drank and bathed in water laced with such toxic chemicals as trichloroethylene (TCE), a chemical used as a degreaser, perchloroethylene (PCE), a dry cleaning solvent, and benzene, and industrial solvent.

During the 1970’s, the 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 prior warning signs, the military did not begin testing the drinking water until 1982. By this time, the most of people having lived on base had been touched in some way by potential carcinogens found in the water.

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