Many, many years ago I sounded the alarm for any military personnel who worked at or near Camp Lejeune, could develop cancer due to their contaminated water. Now all you see are television ads, encouraging people to join a class action lawsuit regarding this matter. My question is, “What took you so long.”
Established in 1942, Camp Lejeune is a large base that includes housing, training and satellite camps as well as New River Air Station. Its satellite camps include Camp Geiger and Camp Johnson. The camp boasts a population of more than 34,000. As many as 1 million people who lived and worked at the Camp, including military and civilian staff from 1953 to 1987 may have been exposed to the contaminated water.
In 1982, the Marine Corps discovered that drinking water provided by two water treatment plants on the base were contaminated with dangerous chemicals called specific volatile organic compounds (VOCs) since the 1950s. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) has linked Camp Lejeune to liver cancer, kidney cancer, birth defects, neurological effects and other diseases. A combination of on-base and off-base chemical spills and leaks caused the water contamination at two of Camp Lejeune’s water treatment plants, Tarawa Terrace and Hadnot Point.
An off-base dry cleaner called ABC One-Hour Cleaners that used improper waste disposal practices primarily caused contamination at Tarawa Terrace. These improper methods caused chemicals to leak into the groundwater and into wells that then sent the water to the treatment plant. This caused contaminated water plants that served hospitals, barracks, recreational areas schools etc. On-base spills, underground storage leaks and drums at dumps and storage lots were the primary causes of water contamination at Hadnot Point.
The government has identified Trichlorethylene and Perchlorethylene as volatile organic compounds. Both TCE and PCE are used to clean metal machine parts and in dry cleaning. Benzene is a colorless liquid used to make other industrial chemicals. These chemicals are then used to make materials such as nylon, plastic and synthetic fibers. Studies have linked benzene exposure to health issues such as miscarriages and multiple myeloma.
In 2009 the US government opened up and investigation into the allegations of contaminated water and the failure of US Marine officials to do anything about it. In 2012, then President Obama signed the Janey Ensminger Act into law to provide medical for those who were affected by the water. In 2014 The Center for Disease Control and Prevention found the contaminates at Camp Lejeune significantly increased diseases including liver and kidney cancer and ALS.
The Pact Act of 2022 sec. 804 provides damages for past injuries from Camp Lejeune toxic exposure is the first law providing compensation to civilian family members of veterans stationed on the base.
The government pours millions of dollars into weapons of war and cyber warfare. The problem is they’re killing their own people with the negligence of fixing our water systems!