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Updated: Jan 1, 2023

Toxic Drinking Water Can Cause Severe Birth Defects in Veterans’ Families

Between August 1953 until December 31, 1987, Camp Lejeune’s on-base water wells became tainted with toxic chemicals. Anyone who served at North Carolina’s Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune or Air Station New River during this time was likely exposed to these poisonous contaminants. A 2013 CDC study found pregnant women who drank the base’s tap water were four times more likely to have babies born with serious birth defects, such as spina bifida. Their babies were also more prone to develop childhood cancers like leukemia.

Dry-Cleaning Chemicals, Benzene & Solvents Linked to Cancer, Parkinson’s

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs pays presumptive disability to military veterans with 30 days of exposure to toxic chemicals in Camp Lejeune’s water. According to the VA’s own studies, Camp Lejeune’s water wells tested positive for the following poisonous chemicals:

  • Benzene, a flammable liquid used to make gasoline

  • Tetrachloroethylene, a fluid used to dry-clean clothing

  • Trichloroethylene (TCE), a carcinogenic degreasing chemical used in refrigerants

  • Methylene chloride, a solvent used to remove paint and clean metals

  • Vinyl chloride, a cancer-causing gas used in PVC pipes and various plastics

Every one of these chemicals can cause cancer by itself. Exposure from bathing, drinking, or cooking with water that contains this combination of chemicals is now linked to:

  • Bladder cancer

  • Breast cancer

  • Esophageal cancer

  • Kidney cancer

  • Liver cancer

  • Lung cancer

  • Adult leukemia

  • Multiple myeloma

  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma

Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 Opens New Window for Potential Settlements

State and federal laws typically provide a 10-year window for injury lawsuits related to toxic chemical exposure. But new legislation moving through Congress that the House approved in May 2022 may suspend that 10-year statute of limitations. The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 provides a two-year window for injured plaintiffs to file claims for cash settlements. The CLJA also allows families of those who died after drinking poisoned water to file wrongful death lawsuits for compensation.

ACT NOW: See If You May Qualify for Compensation

If you or a loved one spent 30 days or longer at Camp Lejeune before December 31, 1987, you may qualify for financial compensation. . . The sooner you act, the sooner you can get both justice and a cash settlement for life-threatening contaminated water injuries.

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