How long has the drinking water at Camp Lejeune been contaminated with PFAS?

AFFF, the primary source of PFAS on Camp Lejeune, was invented in 1966 and has since been used to put out jet fuel and petroleum fires by military firefighters and trainees. While AFFF is still in use today, and so is Camp Lejeune, non-toxic firefighting foam is now used at the military base.

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The drinking water at Camp Lejeune has been contaminated with PFAS for over 50 years

PFAS Contamination form AFFF

While Camp Lejeune is now using firefighting foam that meets the updated military specifications for PFAS content, these dangerous chemicals are still lurking in the drinking water of the base, though in safe concentrations. This is because PFAS are extremely difficult to remove from the water even with the most innovative technology.

Roughly 137,526 marines, sailors, retirees, their families, and civilian employees currently live on Camp Lejeune, who are still exposed to these harmful chemicals. While officially, PFAS drinking water contamination no longer poses a health risk, people who spend a significant time there may still develop a disease.

A base-wide preliminary assessment (PA) was initiated in 2019 by the Environmental Protection Agency to identify potential sources of PFAS. The PA recommended 59 sites for Site Investigation activities. However, the 2021 report suggested that 51 sites undergo additional PFAS investigation. PFAS were not found off-site during this investigation. The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Navy have been using the following to keep the level of PFAS under control by removing as many of these chemicals from the water, air, and soil as possible:

  • air sparging
  • bioaugmentation
  • in-situ chemical oxidation

Every five years, cleanup actions at Camp Lejeune are reviewed to make sure people and environmental resources are protected. The most recent five-year review was reported in 2020. It found that cleanup actions will protect individuals and the environment in the long run once completed. By cleaning up and monitoring the water and soil, maintaining institutional controls to prevent toxic exposure, and undertaking periodic reviews of all cleanup actions, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Navy, and the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality continue to prevent further drinking water contamination at Camp Lejeune.

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If you spent at least 30 consecutive days at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987 and came to struggle with a disease related to toxic exposure, we encourage you to get in touch with us.

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