Which areas of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune were impacted?

In 1984, volatile organic compounds were found contaminating two of the eight water sources at Camp Lejeune. Over 70 toxic substances were identified on the base, including in drinking water.

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The water plants at Hadnot Point and Tarawa Terrace were contaminated with industrial solvents

There were two water distribution systems at Camp Lejeune where contamination with industrial solvents occurred, namely Hadnot Point and Tarawa Terrace. The water at the former contained 1,400 ppb of trichloroethylene when the safe exposure limit is only 5 ppb, whereas the water at the latter contained 215 ppb perchloroethylene when the safe exposure limit is also 5 ppb. To put it differently, the trichloroethylene level at Hadnot Point exceeded the maximum limit by 280 times, while the perchloroethylene level at Tarawa Terrace eclipsed it by 43 times.

Hadnot Point began operating in 1942 and served the mainside barracks, the Hospital Point family housing, and family housing at Midway Park, Paradise Point, and Berkeley Manor until 1972. Other toxic chemicals detected in the drinking water supplied by this facility include vinyl chloride and benzene. Tarawa Terrace began operating in 1952 and served the family housing with the same name and the Knox trailer park until 1987. While Hadnot Point was shut down in 1985, Tarawa Terrance closed in 1987.

Finally, benzene contamination also occurred at Camp Lejeune when over 800,000 gallons of fuel leaked from the military base’s fuel farm. While it mostly polluted the soil, it also ended up in the drinking water. Other toxic chemicals that lurked at Camp Lejeune include heavy metals (arsenic, cadmium, lead, mercury) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).

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Since 1990, our mission has been to pursue financial compensation for toxic exposure victims, including veterans. If you spent time at Camp Lejeune when the drinking water was contaminated and now struggle with a linkabel disease, we encourage you to contact our Camp Lejeune attorneys, as you might be eligible to file a claim. Veterans will only have to provide our team with their military records, which they must retrieve, and their medical records to have their cases evaluated.

As for family members who lived at Camp Lejeune and intend to file a claim, they will need to submit proof of their stay at the military base and their medical records with their diagnosis. Following a careful and thorough assessment, we will determine whether you are entitled to compensation under the Camp Lejeune Justice Act and from the VA if you are a Marine. Because we prioritize veterans and their family members, we will promptly begin working on your claim.

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