Thousands of documents have recently been released regarding water contamination at Camp Lejeune, a Marine base in North Carolina. These documents add to the evidence that the military had prior knowledge of the contaminated tap water that was blamed for illnesses and deaths of many Marines and their families, and that officials have been covering up the information for years.
On Thursday, more than 8,500 documents were released from the Department of Defense concerning the water contamination.
According to an Associated Press article, the release of these documents came the same week the Senate approved a bill to provide health care for Marines and their relatives who suffered illness from the water contamination. The bill covers any Marine who lived or worked at the base from Jan. 1 1957 to Dec. 31, 1987.
Two of eight water treatment facilities supplying water to the Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base were found to be contaminated with volatile organic compounds (VOCs)., including perchloroethylene (PCE) and trichloroethylene (TCE).
Researchers have found a possible link between extended exposure to PCE or TCE and the following severe and potentially life-threatening diseases and conditions:
- Kidney Cancer
- Bladder Cancer
- Ovarian Cancer
- Cervical Cancer
- Liver Cancer
- Breast Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
- Lung Cancer
- Liver Disease
- Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma
- Birth Defects
Health officials believe that there may be as many as one million people who have been exposed to the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune.
For more information on the legal rights which may be available to the victims of contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, complete the Free Case Review form on this page to contact one of the veterans benefits lawyers at Gordon and Doner.