The Department of Defense Hid The Truth About Water Contamination From Camp Lejeune Residents
Thousands of lives may have been saved if the military had been forthcoming with what they knew about Camp Lejeune water poisoning
Tuesday, November 8, 2022 - Of utmost concern is how long it took the military to admit that the drinking water at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina had been contaminated with toxic, possibly carcinogenic volatile organic compounds (VOCs), benzene, and chloride. Sources confirm that it took more than a decade for the Department of Defense (DOD) to warn residents living on the base to consider using other sources of drinking water and that the water was chemically contaminated. Even then, all the DOD did was to warn current residents with one easy-to-miss letter, and also to blame the source of the contamination on a local dry cleaning business, a claim which has now been largely debunked. ABC Dry Cleaners, a dry cleaning company located adjacent to Camp Lejeune, was accused of illegally disposing of toxic cleaning solvent by dumping it into the local storm drain and did so for many years. The DOD knew, however, that the sources of water contamination were coming from leaky, unlined, waste disposal landfills and burn pits on the base, and also improperly disposing of cleaning solution used on weaponry and machinery. It has recently been uncovered that Camp Lejeune and the nearby Naval Air Station used toxic, carcinogenic firefighting foam that caused water contamination with PFAS forever chemicals. Lawmakers in North Carolina have filed lawsuits against 3M, DuPont, and dozens of other companies involved in the manufacturing and sales of the firefighting product. Thousands of US Marines have suffered from and died from dozens of forms of cancer directly as a result of the DOD hiding what they knew about Camp Lejeune water toxicity.
Experts estimate that more than 200,000 Camp Lejeune water lawsuits may be brought against the DOD as a result of their negligence, carelessness, and recklessness by not taking action to alert the residents. Thousand more water contamination lawsuits may result against the companies that manufactured firefighting foam. The Camp Lejeune Justice Act allows service members, veterans, civilian employees, contractors, and their family members injured by Camp Lejeune water contamination to file a claim against the DOD. If you or a loved one has had cancer or died from the disease and lived on Camp Lejeune from 1953 to 1987, you should speak with a Camp Lejeune water attorney to learn about your options. Children of women who drank Camp Lejeune tap water have developed, suffered from, and died from leukemia. Mothers who drank Camp Lejeune water have shown an increase in miscarriages, stillbirths, and children born with catastrophic birth defects. Those families may file a Camp Lejeune water lawsuit against the DOD and also should consider legal action against the makers of firefighting foam. Legal experts think that had the Marine Corps, US Navy, and the Department of Defense lived up to their responsibility to keep their soldiers and their families safe and immediately warned them about toxic water instead of hiding the truth for a decade, thousands of lives could have been saved and tens of thousands of cases of cancer and the suffering it caused may have been prevented.