We have many military personnel and retirees living here in Florida. If you ingested water from Camp Lejeune, it is important you understand the Camp Lejeune Justice Act (CLJA). Enacted in August 2022, the CLJA gives injured parties a two-year window to sue the federal government for injuries sustained due to the water contamination at Camp Lejeune between the years of 1953 and 1987.
Camp Lejeune was one of the worst water contamination disasters in U.S. history. Wells contained trichloroethylene (TCE), perchloroethylene (PCE), benzene, vinyl chloride, and other volatile organic compounds (VOC). One major contamination source was underground storage tanks that leaked 1,500 gallons of fuel every month into the surrounding soil. This was known for years and the problem was hidden, ignored, or downplayed. Another source was a dry cleaner outside the base, which opened in 1953 and dumped wastewater laced with PCE, a known carcinogen. PCE is also used in other solvents that may have been used on the base.
Significant negligence and intentional deception and concealment allowed this toxic environment to continue long after the problems were discovered, leading to a great outcry for justice. Generally, service members cannot sue the federal government for injuries sustained while in military service, but the CLJA allows the victims of Camp Lejeune to sue the government for this gross negligence.