Camp Lejeune Justice Act: What You Need To Know!
On August 2, 2022, the US Senate passed the Camp Lejeune Justice Act as part of the PACT Act and the bill has been sent to President Biden’s desk to be signed.
When this bill becomes law, those who served, worked, or lived on the base between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987, may be able to file claims for harm against the U.S. Government due to injuries potentially linked to exposure to contaminated drinking water.
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) estimates that as many as one million military and civilian staff and their families who lived on, worked at, or were in utero at the base, may have been exposed to the contaminated drinking water.
- Various cancers;
- Neurological effects;
- Renal toxicity;
- Hepatic steatosis;
- Blood cell conditions;
- Bone marrow conditions;
- Female infertility;
- Birth defects; and,
Warnings about potential contamination of Camp Lejeune’s waters supply first surfaced in 1980. Water sample tests revealed contamination with the following chemicals:
- Tetrachloroethylene (PCE): Also called perchloroethylene (PERC), this is a liquid solvent primarily used in dry cleaning operations, textile processing, and metal manufacturing.
- Trichloroethylene (TCE): Often used as a solvent to remove grease from metal parts, but also as an ingredient in adhesives, paint removers, and spot removers.
- Benzene: Used in a variety of industries, as a constituent in motor fuels, and in the manufacture of detergents, explosives, pharmaceuticals, and dyestuffs.
- Vinyl chloride: A manufactured substance that can be formed when other chemicals like TCE and PCE are broken down
If you or a loved one has potentially been exposed to water contamination while on the military base between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987, and has suffered any of the above-mentioned injuries, contact us immediately for a free consultation.
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