Camp Lejeune may still have 14 sites contaminated with PFAS

By Michael Bartlett

Posted on September 30th, 2022

According to EPA's most recent five-year Superfund review for Camp Lejeune, there were at least 14 sites of the military base where PFAS contamination was still present. One of these sites is a firefighting training pit where the PFAS groundwater level was 500 times over the agency's health advisory goal for drinking water.

Even though industrial solvents such as perchloroethylene, benzene, trichloroethylene, and vinyl chloride were the primary water contaminants at Camp Lejeune during the last century, PFAS were also found at the military base. The sources of these highly dangerous chemicals were numerous, including industrial wastewater sludge, fire stations, and a helicopter crash site. Only by December 31, 2025, will the Department of Defense complete the assessment of risk and toxic exposure implied by PFAS contamination. Performing the cleanup activities necessary to remove PFAS from Camp Lejeune will likely take several decades.

If the PFAS level in drinking water exceeds 70 ppt, people who consume it will have a greater risk of developing serious diseases, including kidney cancer, leukemia, prostate cancer, and lymphoma. The following are some interesting facts about perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances contamination at the military installation:

  • The minimum number of sites at Camp Lejeune where there may have been PFAS releases is 14.
  • The minimum number of sites contaminated by the fire suppressant AFFF, which contains PFAS, is 7.
  • The minimum number of sites where wastewater and sludge with PFAS were dumped is 7.
  • The maximum PFOS level in groundwater downhill from the Piney Green Road Firefighting Training Pit at Camp Lejeune is 35,100 ppt.
  • The maximum PFOA concentration in groundwater downhill from the Piney Green Road Firefighting Training Pit at Camp Lejeune is 3,460 ppt.
  • The number of acres encompassed by the Industrial Area Fly Ash Dump where wastewater with PFAS might have been dumped is 100.

The sites at Camp Lejeune where PFAS contamination is suspected by the EPA

Contamination with PFAS at military bases across the country began after 1966 when the U.S. Navy and the infamous 3M company devised the formula for the firefighting foam AFFF. Although very effective in putting out jet fuel and petroleum fires, this fire suppressant contains between 50% and 98% PFAS. Out of the 5,000 of these chemicals, PFOS and PFOA are the most studied. During the five-year Superfund review for Camp Lejeune, the EPA evaluated 20 sites of the military facility. Some of these sites are also known as Operable Units (OU). The agency found PFAS at the following sites of Camp Lejeune:

  • OU 2 (site 9)
  • OU 6 (site 54)
  • OU 20 (site 86)
  • Industrial Area Fly Ash Dump
  • Hadnot Point Industrial Area
  • Storage Lots 201 and 203
  • Piney Green Road Fire Fighting Training Pit
  • Piney Green Road VOC Area
  • Camp Geiger Dump
  • Mess Hall Grease Dump Area
  • Former Nursery/Day Care Center
  • Camp Geiger Dump Area Near Sewage Treatment Plant
  • Agan Street Dump
  • Jones Street Dump

Therefore, if you spent time or worked in one of these areas, you might have been exposed to PFAS, both from drinking water and from the environment. Veterans who were stationed at Camp Lejeune and came to struggle with a disease associated with contaminated water are highly encouraged to contact our legal team, as we have over 25 years of experience in toxic exposure cases. We may be able to help you file a Camp Lejeune toxic water claim and a VA disability compensation claim. Moreover, if your VA disability claim was rejected, our attorneys may also be able to assist you with the process of reopening it so that you can obtain the money you deserve.

Our experienced attorneys may be able to help you file a Camp Lejeune toxic water claim

Between 1953 and 1987, Camp Lejeune in North Carolina was severely contaminated with toxic solvents and PFAS. Over a million people lived there during this period, all of whom are now at high risk of developing serious health problems due to drinking contaminated water. Our law firm has been pursuing compensation for toxic exposure victims since 1990, and we are ready to review your case to determine whether you are eligible for compensation. If you want to take legal action as a veteran, all you have to do is send in your military records, which you must retrieve, and your medical records.

As a family member of a veteran or a civilian who spent time at Camp Lejeune and was diagnosed with a disease related to contaminated drinking water, you will have to provide our skilled attorneys with evidence of your stay at the military base for at least 30 consecutive days and your medical records. After a thorough evaluation of your documents, our legal team will decide whether you can file a claim. Eligible clients will have their claims filed with minimal involvement on their part, as we are aware of how overwhelming suffering from these illnesses can be.