Camp Lejeune Toxic Chemical Exposure

Two water-supply systems on the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune were found to be contaminated with the industrial solvents trichloroethylene (TCE) and perchloroethylene (PCE) in the early 1980s.

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Civilians and military personnel on Camp Lejeune were exposed to over 3,000 times the safe exposure limits of toxic chemicals through drinking water and bathing.

Trichloroethylene (TCE) is a known human carcinogen, and exposure to PCE can harm the nervous system and negatively impact memory, color vision, and the ability to process information, leading the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to classify PCE as a likely human carcinogen. 

Recently, the Camp Lejeune Justice Act provides compensation and /or health care for those who have experienced health problems from exposure to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune between 1953 and 1987.

Injuries associated with exposure to TCE and PCE include:

Adult Leukemia

Aplastic Anemia or Other Myelodysplastic Syndromes

Bladder Cancer

Kidney Cancer

Liver Cancer

Multiple Myeloma

Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

Parkinson’s Disease

Esophageal Cancer

Breast Cancer

Renal Toxicity

Scleroderma (Systemic Sclerosis)

Lung Cancer

Hepatic Steatosis (Fatty Liver Disease)


Cardiac (Heart Related) Birth Defect

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