Is Camp Lejeune a Superfund site?

Yes. Camp Lejeune was placed on the Superfund program's National Priorities List by the Environmental Protection Agency on October 4, 1989. Since then, intense cleanup activities have been carried out at the military base to remove toxic chemicals from drinking water. However, at least 14 sites are still contaminated with PFAS, but the water at the military base is safe to drink now.

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In 1991, the EPA, the Navy, and the NCDEQ signed an agreement for site cleanup activities

Camp Lejeune is a Superfund site, but it is still in use at the moment, being home to approximately 170,000 people. Between 1992 and 2001, the Navy installed a bio-treatment cell for contaminated soil and removed and disposed of the following:

  • contaminated soils
  • drums
  • above ground storage tanks
  • underground storage tanks
  • batteries
  • waste liquids

At certain sites, the Navy carried out activities to address groundwater contamination at Camp Lejeune. It installed a groundwater treatment system to remove toxic chemicals from the drinking water. Other remedies for cleaning up harmful contaminants from the water employed between 2001 and 2009 included institutional controls, groundwater monitoring, and the use of oxidants to break down contaminants.

Subsequently, approximately 48,000 pounds of volatile organic compounds were removed from the soil. The Navy also placed institutional controls on various areas of the military base to prohibit intrusive activities and non-industrial land uses. In 2018, a Record of Decision was issued concerning Site UXO-06 (OU24), which includes a borrow pit that was used as a target for military practice and three cantonment areas. The remedy entailed institutional controls and munition surface clearance. It was implemented in 2019.

Every five years, cleanup actions at Camp Lejeune are reviewed to ensure that people and the environment are protected. The most recent five-year review was reported in 2020.

We provide quality legal assistance to Camp Lejeune toxic exposure victims

Veterans and their family members who were impacted by drinking contaminated water at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987 may be entitled to financial compensation and VA benefits. To initiate the legal process as a veteran, you need to retrieve your military records and your medical records and send these documents to our specialized attorneys. If you are a family member who lived on the base, you will have to provide us with evidence of your stay at Camp Lejeune and your medical records.

After we carefully review your case, we will determine whether you are eligible to file a Camp Lejeune toxic water claim or lawsuit and a VA claim. If you are, our legal team will promptly begin preparing your claims for submission. During this part of the process, you can carry on with your life as usual and focus on your health and treatment. In the end, you may obtain the sum of money you are entitled to as compensation and the VA benefits you deserve if you decide to work with our experienced attorneys.

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