History of Toxic Water

Map displaying the camp lejeune disability benefit coverage areaHistory of Toxic Water Supply at Camp Lejeune 

In 1940, the Department of the Navy purchased land that would ultimately become Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, NC. Beginning in at least 1953 and continuing through at least 1987, Camp Lejeune’s water supply was contaminated with volatile organic compounds (VOCs) including benzene, trichloroethylene (TCE), perchloroethylene (PCE), and vinyl chloride (VC). These toxins were present at levels as high as 3400 times greater than what is permitted by safety standards. These contaminants entered the Camp Lejeune water supply in multiple fashions including from leaking underground storage tanks, industrial area spills, improper waste disposal, and solvents from a nearby dry cleaner.  The water contamination spanned the entire area of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, including base housing and training facilities.  The individuals exposed and injured by this contamination are not limited to people who spent time at Camp Lejeune.  Individuals working and living at the adjacent Marine Corps Air Station New River may also have been exposed. 

Anyone who served, lived, or worked at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune or Marine Corps Air Station New River between 1953-1987 may have been exposed to these dangerous chemicals linked to serious illnesses.  If you, a family member, or a loved one has suffered health effects after spending time at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune or Marine Corps Air Station New River, you have a limited window of time to seek justice with a Camp Lejeune lawyer and receive full and fair compensation for the harm caused.  Chad Maloney, Matt Brooks, and their team at Goldberg, Goldberg & Maloney are here to help.