Camp Lejeune, a Marine Corps base in North Carolina, had one of the worst cases of water contamination that has been seen in the United States. The water also affected the nearby Marine air station, New River. Many retired military personnel live here in Florida, and since Camp Lejeune was a busy base during the time of contamination, many of these resident veterans, their families, and civilian personnel who worked on the base may be able to seek damages for harm caused by contamination at Camp Lejeune.
What went wrong at Camp Lejeune
The contamination at Camp Lejeune was caused by multiple sources. Not all the wells on the base were contaminated, but the contaminated well water was sent to a water treatment plant where it was mingled with other wells, thus contaminating the entire water source. The water in two of the wells contained trichloroethylene (TCE), perchloroethylene (PCE), benzene, vinyl chloride, and other volatile organic compounds (VOC). One of the sources 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. Another major contamination source was underground storage tanks that leaked 1,500 gallons of fuel every month.