The Camp Lejeune Tragedy

Water Contamination at Camp Lejeune

Five Decades of Lies and Deceit about what happened

Did you know families were unknowingly drinking and bathing in poisonous water?

Diseases Caused

Cancer, Parkinson’s and birth defects are just some of the conditions caused by the water. View the full list.

Between 1953 and 1987 people living or working at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina were exposed to contaminated water that has caused death, illness, and life-altering health conditions. Senior military leaders knew of the risks and concealed knowledge of the problem. Now it's time for justice, for the brave men and women who served our country.

Where did this happen?

Three separate groundwater sources – the water systems of Hadnot Point, Tarawa Terrace and Holcomb Boulevard.

Death, illness, suffering among babies, children and adults — both veterans and civilians.

Chemicals involved

• Trichloroethylene (TCE): metal cleaner

• Tetrachloroethylene: dry cleaning agent

• Benzene: chemical found in gasoline

• Methylene chloride: chemical solvent

• Vinyl chloride: colorless gas

Hundreds of thousands of Camp Lejeune veterans, their families and civilian employees have suffered or died from toxic chemicals being dumped and leaked into their water. The recognized contamination period lasted from 1953 to 1987. Three separate groundwater sources were contaminated, including the water systems of Hadnot Point, Tarawa Terrace and Holcomb Boulevard.

Camp Lejeune Justice Act

In June 2022, the United States Senate passed the Camp Lejeune Justice Act. It is a federal mandate, with bipartisan support, to provide certain individuals and their families to sue and recover damages from the U.S. government for harm from exposure to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

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