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Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune: Toxic Water Exposure

Do you (or a loved one) suffer severe health complications after servicing or working at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina?

What Happened At Camp Lejeune?

Veterans from across the nation have been impacted by toxic water exposure during their time of service at Camp Lejeune. The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 (H.R.6482) will allow certain individuals to sue and recover damages from this exposure.

Between 1953 and 1987, Marines, their families and other civilians who worked at Camp Lejeune drank and bathed in water contaminated with toxins at concentrations 240 to 3,400 times permitted by safety standards. There were four main toxic chemicals that people were exposed to: trichloroethylene (TCE), tetrachloroethylene (PCE), vinyl chloride (VC) and Benzene, as well as 70 secondary chemicals.

  • Trichloroethylene (TCE) – is a solvent used to clean metals
  • Tetrachloroethylene (PCE) – is a chemical found in some dry cleaning products
  • Vinyl Chloride (VC) – is a toxic byproduct of TCE and PCE degradation
  • Benzene – is a toxic chemical found in certain plastics and resins

Tetrachloroethylene (also known as perchloroethylene or “PCE”) was the main contaminant. Unfortunately, toxic exposure occurred among anyone at Camp Lejeune within this time frame regardless of whether the water was ingested or used for bathing.

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What Areas At Camp Lejeune Were Affected?

  • Besides the main base, there were six satellite facilities that were affected:
    1. Marine Corps Air Station New River
    2. Camp Geiger
    3. Stone Bay
    4. Courthouse Bay
    5. Camp Johnson
    6. Greater Sandy Run Training Area


  • Resident commands at Camp Lejeune include:
    1. II Marine Expeditionary Force
    2. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command
    3. 2nd Marine Division
    4. 2nd Marine Logistics Group
    5. 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade
    6. 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit
    7. 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit
    8. 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit
    9. 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion
    10. 2nd Intelligence Battalion
    11. Marine Corps Installations East

What Were The Side Effects From The Contaminated Water?

Anyone who lived, worked or was stationed at Camp Lejeune (or the six satellite facilities) between August 1, 1953 and December 31, 1987 for a total of 30-days or more AND have one or more of the medical conditions listed on this page (see below for full list) were potentially affected.

Possible Cancers

  • Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)
  • Bladder cancer
  • Brain cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Central Nervous System cancer (CNS)
  • Cervical cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Hodgkins Lymphoma
  • Kidney cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Liver cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Myelodysplastic syndrome
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma
  • Ovarian cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Rectal cancer

Other Conditions:

  • Cardiac defect
  • Epilepsy
  • Fatty liver disease (hepatic steatosis)
  • Female Infertility
  • Kidney damage
  • Immune disorders
  • Nerve damage
  • Miscarriage
  • Myelodysplastic syndromes
  • Neurobehavioral effects
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Renal toxicity/disease
  • Scleroderma
  • Other chronic disease
  • Other nagging illness or ailment


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