Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), Camp LeJeune, Camp Lejeune - Environmental Protection Agency, Exposure to Contaminated Drinking Water at Camp Lejeune - VA Benefits, Toxic Water at Marine Base, Veterans, Volatile Organic Chemicals (VOC)
– Camp Lejeune is one of the 130 military bases on the EPA National Priority List.
Decades later, as a long-awaited report sheds light on a tragedy that could have been averted, the families of Camp Lejeune waited for the Marines Corps to accept responsibility for the contaminated water deaths of their loved ones. A study from the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) cites a February 1985 level for deadly toxic substances in the drinking water – nearly 4,000 times today’s maximum allowed limit. Yet, nearly three decades after the first drinking-water wells were closed, victims will now have a final federal health assessment.
USMC Corps Camp Lejeune, North Carolina
Camp Lejeune water contamination- From 1957 to 1987
The Wells were taken offline, contaminated water for these areas ceased in February of 1985. However, beginning 27 January 1985 through 4 February 1985, the Holcomb Boulevard water treatment plant was taken off line due to a generator fuel spill in the water system. Water was rerouted from the Hadnot Point Water Distribution system in order to supply water to Midway Park, Berkeley Manor, Paradise Point, and Watkins Village.
– Above you will find maps of the Tarawa Terrace Plume, Hadnot Point Plume and Hadnot Point Well 651. If you click on the photos you will be directed to a larger version and additional Camp Lejeune Maps.
The water furnished to these areas during the 9 day period was highly contaminated with Volatile Organic Chemicals (VOC) and spilled approximately 1.5 million gallons for fuel into the aquifer from the Hadnot Point Fuel Farm.
All of this has been documented and exposed in 2010.
Now with a legal silver bullet the government has put an end to their legal woes caused by their own negligence!
Veterans and dependents of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, continue to experience cancer and other serious health effects from exposure to volatile organic compounds.
The water provided by the Tarawa Terrace and Hadnot Point distribution systems was highly contaminated with various chemicals, including the VOCs known as PCE (Tetrachloroethylene /Perchloroethylene), TCE (Trichloroethylene), DCE (Dichloroethylene), Vinyl Chloride and BTEX (Benzene, Toluene, Ethylbenzene, and Xylene), and toxic levels of formaldehyde which mimic Ebola. These chemicals are known human carcinogens.
Many Marines, Sailors, their families and loyal civilian employees have been affected by the contamination in various ways including, but not limited to: liver cancer, kidney cancer, breast cancer, bladder cancer, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, cervical cancer, lung cancer, leukemia, non Hodgkins lymphoma, liver disease, miscarriages, Multiple Birth Defects due to women’s exposure during pregnancy to the VOCs in drinking water (or used it for bathing) at the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base.
Women who were pregnant and were exposed to the contaminated drinking water were more likely to have increased risk of pre-term birth or children with forms of fetal growth retardation, cleft palate, heart defects, Choanal atresia, neural tube defects, low birth weight, and small for gestational age, etc., according to the study results.
These birth outcomes have been previously found to increase the risk for negative health outcomes later in life.
At the very least, marines and their families assigned to Camp Lejeune should receive medical care for illnesses caused by exposure to toxins in the base water.
Unfortunately, many of these families still have not been notified by the USMC of the danger from their exposure.
– Photo: Retired Marine Jerry Ensminger with a picture of his daughter, Jane, who was conceived on Camp Lejeune and died of leukemia when she was 9.
Under the new law, those who served at or lived on Camp Lejeune at least 30 days between Jan. 1, 1957, and Dec. 31, 1987, will be able to receive medical care for cancer of the esophagus, lung, breast, bladder and kidney, as well as for leukemia, multiple myeloma, myleodysplasic syndromes, renal toxicity, hepatic steatosis, female infertility, miscarriage, scleroderma, neurobehavioral effects and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, etc..
In 1987 Camp Lejeune was recommended for listing as a Superfund site on the National Priorities List (NPL) by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Camp Lejeune was officially listed as a Superfund site in 1989.
However, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency isn’t even sure how many people have been poisoned by Camp Lejeune’s bad water, though estimates suggest that it was consumed by as many as a million people.
President Barack Obama on Monday signed a law (H.R. 1627) to extend medical care to people sickened by what has been called the largest episode of military base water contamination. The president said at the White House ceremony the country has a “moral and sacred duty” to care for those sickened by the contaminated drinking water.
“This has been a long time coming, and unfortunately, many who were exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune over the years have died as a result and are not with us to receive the care this bill will provide,” said Senator Richard Burr, R-N.C., in a statement in July after the Senate passed the bill.
Recent reports have put the number of people exposed to the contaminated water anywhere from 750,000 to one million.
The Federal govt. is an equal opportunity screwer. Vets. Active duty, and Civilians alike. Well, LEGAL civilians, anyway.
The DOD crossed the line from criminal negligence to criminal intent when:
1) Senior management within the DOD made a decision that it was more important to cover up the problem at its contaminated bases than help the American Citizens that it harmed.
2) Employees of the DOD lied to the public and local, state, and federal regulators and congress; withheld records; covered-up deaths that were the result of the contamination at Camp Lejeune; and forced the ATSDR to suppress information about the contamination, health problems, and deaths which were the direct result of the contamination at Camp Lejeune.
By concealing the nature and extent of the contamination and its Complete Exposure Pathways, the DOD has defrauded our nation’s military personnel, their families, and veterans, of their pension and medical care.
• Doctors cannot treat the toxic exposures of base personnel and family members.
• Military personnel are being defrauded of their Medical Discharge, Military Pension, and medical care (TRICARE).
• Veterans are being defrauded of their Social Security Disability, VA Service Connected Pension, and VA medical care.
• Veterans’ family members are being defrauded of their VA medical care (CHAMPVA).
• Parents were never given the choice of whether or not to have children because these parents were not provided information about their toxic exposure and the possible effect that it may have on their pregnancy and unborn children.
When are DOD employees going to be fired, court-martialed, and go to prison?
The toxic enemy is far more prevalent than most American suspect, not to mention far more intractable. Dive into the numbers, as I did, and the Pentagon starts to make Koch Industries look like an organic farm.
In size alone, the Department of Defense dwarfs the footprint of any corporation: 4,127 installations spread across 19 million acres of American soil. Maureen Sullivan, who heads the Pentagon’s environmental programs, told me her office must contend with 39,000 contaminated sites.
Camp Lejeune is one of the Department of Defense’s 141 Superfund sites; that’s about 10 percent of all Superfund sites, easily topping any other polluter. And if the definition is broadened out beyond proprietary Pentagon installations, then about 900 of the 1,200 or so Superfund sites in the United States are “abandoned military facilities or facilities that produced materials and products for or otherwise supported military needs,” according to a presidential panel on cancer.
To those who suffered at Camp Lejeune, an ugly truth about the American military has revealed itself, a truth no amount of compensation or self-flagellation can vanquish. “I would never recommend to anyone that they go into the Marine Corps,” said former Marine corporal Peter Devereaux, who has good reason to believe that his breast cancer is the result of drinking Camp Lejeune’s tainted water. The Marines, he said, “are like a mafia.”
As I was finishing this article, one of the Camp Lejeune activists I’d been speaking to sent me a short, sad email. “So much for our environment,” the brief note said, linking to a Supreme Court ruling. The case, CTS Corporation v. Waldburger, called into question how long defendants in North Carolina had to sue industry for sickness or death caused by pollution. By ruling for CTS, the polluter, the Supremes indirectly but incontrovertibly complicated the efforts of those seeking compensation at Camp Lejeune. The fight, always hard, suddenly got harder.
Government Cover Up Of Poison Water
Toxic water at Camp Lejeune caused breast cancer — in men
The toxic water contamination tragedy at Camp Lejeune is among the worst in U.S history. People living or working at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, were exposed to contaminated water that has caused death, illness, and life-altering health conditions. One of the more unusual diseases to surface among Marine men stationed at Camp Lejeune is male breast cancer.
The next meeting will be held on December 4, 2015 at Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, 2900 Bayport Drive, Tampa. For more information or registration, ATSDR – Camp Lejeune, North Carolina – Community visit atsdr.cdc.gov/sites/lejeune/capmeetings.html.
- Camp Lejeune, North Carolina – Male Breast Cancer,
- Camp Lejeune, North Carolina – Community,
- Camp Lejeune, North Carolina: Reports and Studies,
- Camp Lejeune, North Carolina – Mortality study,
- CDC’s Camp Lejeune study links birth defects to marine base
There are several TRICARE programs available depending on your status and location:
- TRICARE for Active Duty Members and their Dependents
- TRICARE for Reservists & Guard Members and their Dependents
- TRICARE Overseas Programs
- TRICARE for Retirees
- TRICARE for Children Ages 18 – 26
- TRICARE Dental Benefits
- TRICARE Pharmacy Benefits
- TRICARE Vision Benefits
- Transitional Health Care Benefits for Recently Separated Service members
Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA)
- Family Members of Veterans – Health Benefits
- Health Care Benefits for Dependents (CHAMPVA)
- CHAMPVA eligibility
- CHAMPVA Program Guide
Map of where those exposed lived aboard Camp Lejeune (Red thumbtacks)
U.S. Map of where those exposed currently live (Green thumbtacks)