Water Contamination at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina
Camp Lejeune is a marine corp base that is located in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Built in 1941, the 246-square-mile facility serves as home to the 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Service Support Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force, and other combat units.
Tragically, data reveals that between the 1950s and 1980s, the drinking water at the camp was contaminated with a number of dangerous chemicals and toxins, including benzene, trichloroethylene (TCE), and perchloroethylene (PCE). There is no safe level of benzene in drinking water.
A recent article published by NC Policy Watch highlights more startling information about water contamination at Camp Lejeune: contamination was not limited to the camp alone, and has been detected in drinking water wells throughout the state.
The Dangerous of Toxic Exposure through Drinking Water
Those who have been exposed to the contaminated water via time spent at Camp Lejeune for at least 30 days between 1957 to 1987 may be compensated for any health complications they develop that are linked to exposure. If you live in one of the areas of North Carolina where benzene, TCE, or PCE have been detected, you should meet with an environmental toxins attorney to learn more about your legal options. Diseases most commonly associated with drinking water that is contaminated with benzene and other industrial solvents include:
- Liver cancer;
- Bladder cancer;
- Kidney cancer;
- Parkinson’s disease;
- Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma;
- Adult leukemia;
- Myelodysplastic syndrome;
- Multiple myeloma; and
- Aplastic anemia.
The list of conditions above is not inclusive; the 2012 Camp Lejeune health care law provides medical care for veterans who served at Camp Lejeune for a one-month period or more for myriad conditions that could be related to exposure, including miscarriage, neurobehavioral effects, infertility, scleroderma, breast cancer, lung cancer, and more.
Contaminated Water in North Carolina
According to the Environmental Working Group, seven areas of the state of North Carolina have reported the presence of benzene in tap water. These areas are:
- Town of Columbus;
- Middlesex Water System;
- Monticello Estates (Greensboro);
- Wakefield (Raleigh);
- Camelot Mobile Home Park (Asheville);
- Mountain Spring Water System (Linville); and
- Iredell Water Corporation (Stateville).
In addition to the seven areas above, TCE and PCE have been detected in at least half of the private wells in the state. Some of these areas tested above the federal TCE and PCE limits of five parts per billion (PPB), including wells in Stanly County and Randolph County.
Contact Our Law Offices Today
At the law offices of Napoli Shkolnik PLLC, we are horrified that our U.S. military members and citizens of the state of North Carolina have been exposed to and poisoned by these toxins. Whether you are a veteran or an ordinary citizen and you believe that you have developed a health condition as a direct result of contaminated water exposure, we can help you. We advocate for the victims of environmental toxins, assisting them in getting the compensation that they deserve. For your free consultation, contact our passionate environmental toxin attorneys online or by phone today.