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What You Need to Know About the Camp Lejeune Water Contamination
How did the Chemicals Get in the Water at Camp Lejeune?
Investigation by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) has shown that drinking water sources that supplied Camp Lejeune and its resident housing were contaminated by toxic chemicals from the Tarawa Terrace Treatment Plant and Hadnot Point Treatment Plant for decades. The ATSDR report found that Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) seeped into the water treatment plants that supplied the base and its residents. Camp Lejeune residents and workers drank, bathed in, cooked with, and used contaminated water for decades. Chemicals in the water at Camp Lejeune were measured at levels up to 3,400 times the regulated safety standards. The ATSDR’s findings exposed the severity of the water contamination at Camp Lejeune.
What Chemicals Were in the Water at Camp Lejeune?
Benzene is a chemical that was discovered in the water supply at Camp Lejeune. Benzene is used in plastics manufacturing. Long-term exposure to Benzene can have a hazardous effect on fetal development, the reproductive system, the immune system, and bone marrow and red blood cell count.
Vinyl Chloride was discovered in the water supply at Camp Lejeune. This toxic chemical is used in manufacturing.. Exposure to Vinyl Chloride can lead to many health problems, including central nervous system difficulties and numerous kinds of cancer.
Trichloroethylene (TCE) is a chemical solvent used as a paint remover, in wood finishes, in stain removers, and also as a degreaser. TCE has major health impacts if ingested such as liver, kidney, and nervous system problems, numerous kinds of cancer, reproductive system problems and birth defects.
Tetrachloroethylene (PERC) is an industrial solvent most commonly used as a degreaser, in chemical manufacturing, and relevant to Camp Lejeune — in dry-cleaning operations. PERC was found in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune, most probably leaking from a dry-cleaner off the base. PERC exposure can lead to many kinds of cancer and other significant, deadly health impacts.
What Health Problems Come from Camp Lejeune’s Contaminated Water?
Camp Lejeune’s contaminated drinking water has caused many hazardous and deadly health effects. Leaking into the water supply that served the base and its residents, these chemicals were the direct cause of innumerable life-altering medical conditions and deaths.
The Veterans Administration released a list of presumptive conditions for Camp Lejeune. If as a result of being exposed to Camp Lejeune’s contaminated drinking water you were diagnosed with one of these conditions, the VA will presume that your condition is linked to water contamination at the base.
Camp Lejeune’s contaminated water has been linked to the following diseases, disorders, and health problems:
Cancers linked to Camp Lejeune water contamination exposure include:
- Bladder Cancer
- Brain Cancer
- Breast Cancer
- Cervical Cancer
- Esophageal Cancer
- Kidney Cancer
- Liver Cancer
- Lung Cancer
- Multiple Myeloma and other Myelodysplastic Syndromes
- Ovarian Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
- Rectal Cancer
- Soft Tissue Cancer
Non-cancerous injuries linked to Camp Lejeune water contamination exposure include:
- Aplastic Anemia and other Bone Marrow Conditions
- Cardiac Defect
- Choanal Atresia
- End-stage Renal Disease
- Eye Defects
- Hodgkin’s Disease
- Impaired Immune System Function
- Liver Cirrhosis
- Neurobehavioral Performance Deficits (i.e., delayed recall and deficits in visual perception), decreased blink reflex, and mood effects (i.e., confusion, depression and tension)
- Neural Tube Defects
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- Neurological Effects (delayed reaction times problems with short-term memory, visual perception, attention, and color vision)
- Oral Cleft Defects (including cleft lip)
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Pregnancy and Newborn Issues including Miscarriage, Low Birth Weight, Fetal Death, Major Malformations, and Small for Gestational Age
- Renal Toxicity
- Severe, Generalized Hypersensitivity Skin Disorder (an autoimmune-related disease)
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