Cancer from Camp Lejeune’s Contaminated Water

Cancer from Camp Lejeune

Located in Jacksonville, North Carolina, Camp Lejeune is an active Marine Corps training base. Nearly one million Marines and their families stationed at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987 were exposed to harmful chemicals due to water contamination. It is estimated that the water had 240 to 3400 times the levels permitted by safety standards.

Congress is currently considering legislation, the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, which would be a federal remedy to provide impacted Veterans and their families with long-needed judicial relief for suffering caused by the water contamination at Camp Lejeune. If enacted, the new law would allow Veterans, family members and civilian workers to seek compensation for suffering caused by exposure to contaminated water.

How Cancer is Related to Camp Lejeune

Veterans and civilians at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune or Marine Corps Air Station New River from August 1953 to December 1987 were likely exposed to contaminated drinking water. The water at the base contained a variety of toxic chemicals due to incorrect disposal practices by an off-base dry cleaner.

The chemicals in the water have led to a wide array of illnesses and disabilities among Veterans. A common disability that arose as a result of the exposure is cancer.

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