Where did the toxic chemicals polluting Camp Lejeune come from?

ABC One-Hour Cleaners, a dry-cleaning company located off-base, was responsible for perchloroethylene contamination due to improper waste disposal practices. However, contamination with trichloroethylene and benzene was the result of inadequate use and disposal of chemicals employed for cleaning weapons and equipment on the military base.

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In 1982, the Marine Corps found volatile organic compounds polluting Camp Lejeune

The contamination of Camp Lejeune with toxic chemicals began occurring in 1953, but it was only in 1982 that the Marine Corps identified volatile organic compounds (VOCs) lurking in the environment of the military base. Subsequently, it was found that the source of perchloroethylene (PCE) contamination was the improper waste disposal practices of ABC One-Hour Cleaners, a dry-cleaning firm situated off-base. As for trichloroethylene (TCE) and benzene, these hazardous chemicals ended up polluting Camp Lejeune due to years of inadequate use and disposal of various chemicals employed for cleaning weapons and equipment.

In the spring of 1982, the highest TCE level at Camp Lejeune was 1,400 ppb when the safe limit is just 5 ppb, whereas, in the winter of 1985, the maximum level of PCE was 215 ppb when the safe limit is also 5 ppb. PFAS, a group of dangerous fluorinated chemicals, were also present at Camp Lejeune. The source of PFAS was the use of AFFF, a fire suppressant often employed by military firefighters and trainees to extinguish jet fuel and petroleum fires. AFFF contains between 50% and 98% PFAS. While the safe limit of PFAS is 70 ppt, the maximum level of these chemicals at Camp Lejeune was 172,000 ppt.

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