In Camp Lejeune, Jackson, NC, water contamination over the course of many years led to a greatly increased risk of cancer, ALS, and kidney disease to people exposed to it.
What were the impacts?
Several sources contributed to the contamination of the groundwater, eventually reached the water storage wells used for the camp's drinking water. Off-base dry cleaning and on-base cleaning and storage leaks. PCE and TCE were the top contaminants.
How can we prevent this from happening again?
The earliest known report was in 1953, but it was not fully made aware until 1985. Over 70 types of contaminants were reported in one of the final reports.
The environment was not effected, but people have become seriously ill with cancer and other ailments.
The water in the area needs to be tested regularly. To better prepare for these kind of events, we need to make sure the water that is being ingested is safe. Bottle water needs to be made available and stored just in case.
Camp Lejeune in Jackson, NC had a terrible water contamination incident that built up over the course of many years. The people who came in contact with the contaminated water had an increased risk of cancer, ALS, and kidney disease.