The Water At Camp Lejeune May Be Contaminated With PFAS Forever Chemicals
The health of the people living at Camp Lejeune may be at risk from drinking, cooking with, bathing, or playing in their home's tap water
Thursday, November 3, 2022 - A new type of drinking water scare could sweep over those who live, work, and play at Camp Lejeune with the recent admission that the base's tap water supply could be contaminated with deadly PFAS forever chemicals from improperly-disposed of firefighting foam. PFAS is an acronym for per -- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, both suspected of being deadly carcinogens. Forever chemicals have strong molecular bonds and bio-accumulate in the cells of the body to levels thought to cause cancer. North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein has initiated seven separate lawsuits against dozens of manufacturers of firefighting foam including DuPont, Chemours, and 3M. The lawsuits point to the water contamination that has occurred at the Fayetteville Works Industrial site in Cape Fear, where firefighting foam is manufactured, and also at Camp Lejeune and the Naval Air Station there where the ground and groundwater have been contaminated. PFAS forever chemicals enter the ground, streams, rivers, and lakes that supply water treatment plants, and then our bodies by drinking tap water. Attorney General Stein told NorthCarolinaHealthNews.org, "Whether it's pollution, or whether it's the damage to people suffering with drug addiction, we also want to change the way [the companies] do business, so that it doesn't happen again. That's part of his impetus behind suing companies making the firefighting foams, too."
The residents of Camp Lejeune may continue to have an elevated risk for developing a variety of life-threatening diseases like testicular cancer, kidney cancer, liver cancer, and pancreatic cancer, and also women who are pregnant and drink Camp Lejeune water may have an elevated risk of having miscarriages, stillbirths, and children with birth defects. Some suspect PFAS chemicals could be responsible for causing children to develop childhood leukemia, an often-fatal type of cancer of the blood and bones. AG Stein's most recent lawsuits target the polluted drinking water at Piedmont-Triad International Airport, at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, and Marine Corps Air Station New River. Anyone who has been stationed at or worked at Camp Lejeune and developed cancer should speak with a Camp Lejeune water attorney to see if they qualify to file a personal injury lawsuit against the manufacturers of firefighting foam. Residents of local Camp Lejeune and Cape Fear residents are being alerted by celebrity attorney Erin Brokovich. Ms. Brokovich is holding town hall meetings with the residents of these towns to warn them that they may have developed cancer from drinking the local tap water. The symptoms of cancer may not become apparent for ten or twenty years after first coming into contact with the deadly water-borne PFAS forever chemicals that caused the disease. Camp Lejeune water contamination attorneys can also help individuals that are the survivors of Camp Lejeune residents that have died from water-related cancer. The Camp Lejeune Justice Act holds the federal government accountable alongside private manufacturers, for the responsibility of keeping military personnel and civilian employees safe. If you or a loved one were stationed or worked at Camp Lejeune from 1953 to 1987 and developed or died from cancer or Parkinson's disease, you now have the right to file a Camp Lejeune Justice Act claim.