Camp Lejeune Water Contamination Lawsuit
On 16 June 2022, the United States Senate voted in favor of the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, a federal mandate with bipartisan support for the legal right of the victims of Camp Lejeune’s environmental disaster to seek reparations from the US Government. The passing of the Camp Lejeune Act by the United States Senate brings some feeble ounce of respite to all the suffering families after decades of inaction. President Biden is expected to sign the bill into law in the coming week.
Armed forces veterans, their families, or anyone who lived or worked at the camp between 1952 and 1987 for at least 30 days and were exposed to dangerous contaminants from the base’s water supply can now seek litigatory action with impunity.
The disaster at Camp Lejeune was no less than a blot in the history of the USA Armed Forces and the history of the United States Of America. For a period of more than 30 years, the water at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina contained extremely unsafe amounts of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), including known carcinogens at amount up to 280 times the standard safety limit.
- There were four core and seventy secondary chemicals, such as trichloroethylene, tetrachloroethylene, vinyl chloride, and benzene. The toxin exposure afflicted camp residents with varied types of cancer, Parkinson’s disease, stillbirths, infertility, miscarriages, and much more.
- The passing of the Camp Lejeune Justice Act is a vital and prominent step toward justice for those impacted by the disaster.
- The presidential signing of the bill would enable military family members and civilians who suffered due to the atrocity to seek compensation through the country’s judicial system. The United States Government can’t prohibit or extend immunity to any defendant party in cases involving Camp Lejeune’s atrocities.
- As a direct consequence of the passing of the Camp Lejeune Justice Act, the veterans of the armed forces, their family members, and affected civilians can now access the court systems. Uncompensated individuals can now take legal action and win compensation after with proper evidence and the merits of the Act.
- Adults who lived on Camp Lejeune as children and were afflicted by toxic water exposure may seek reparations. Legal compensation may also be sought by primary caretakers such as spouses and children of individuals who were directly exposed.
Learn more about the Justice Act here. And, if you or anyone you know is eligible for legislation or want to know more about the process.