Posted by : Ed Lott, Ph.D., M.B.A.
There could be a million or more legal claims against the federal government by those exposed to and injured by contaminated water at the Marine base over a 37-year period. What caused the harm? What injuries might these people suffer?
The Veterans Administration states the water supply at the North Carolina military facility was found to contain:
- Trichloroethylene (TCE)
- Tetrachloroethylene or Perchloroethylene (PCE)
- Vinyl chloride
These chemicals are highly toxic and, at high enough doses, can cause severe injuries and death.
- Trichloroethylene (TCE)
Trichloroethylene (TCE) is a colorless organic chemical liquid that easily evaporates, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI). It doesn’t occur naturally and is made through chemical synthesis. It’s used to make refrigerants and was used at the base as a degreasing solvent for metal equipment. Commercial dry cleaners also use the chemical as a spot remover.
Short-term and long-term exposures can affect individuals and a developing fetus, according to the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). High concentrations of TCE vapors can cause short-term irritation of the respiratory system and skin. The person may also feel light-headed, tired, and suffer headaches.
Repeated or prolonged TCE exposure can impact the kidneys, liver, immune, and central nervous systems. The NCI states that repeated or prolonged exposure causes kidney cancer. There’s also evidence it may also cause non-Hodgkin lymphoma and liver cancer.
- Tetrachloroethylene or Perchloroethylene (PCE)
PCE is a nonflammable liquid solvent, reports the Wisconsin Department of Health Services. It’s widely used for dry cleaning, and it’s believed TCE from a dry-cleaning business contaminated Camp Lejeune’s water supply. Like TCE, it’s used for metal degreasing. If it’s improperly disposed of or spilled, most of it will evaporate into the air. The rest will seep into the soil, potentially mixing with and contaminating water supplies.
If a water supply’s contaminated, people can be exposed to PCE when they drink it, use it to prepare food, shower, do laundry, or perform household cleaning chores.
Studies of low-level exposure over time in laboratory animals show PCE can cause kidney and liver cancers as well as leukemia. If a pregnant woman is exposed and becomes sick, fetal development may be affected.
Benzene is a highly flammable chemical that is a colorless or light-yellow liquid at room temperature. It evaporates quickly and only slightly dissolves in water (it usually floats on top). It can be produced in nature and through chemical processes, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Benzene is widely used and ranks in the top twenty chemicals for production volume. It’s used to make plastics, lubricants, detergents, and pesticides.
Cells exposed to benzene may not function correctly. It can cause anemia (low levels of red blood cells), excessive bleeding, and the loss of white blood cells (part of the immune system). The degree of benzene poisoning depends on the amount, type, and length of time exposed. The person’s age and preexisting medical conditions also affect the chemical’s impact.
Benzene causes cancer in humans, according to the federal Department of Health and Human Services. Long-term exposure to high levels of airborne benzene can cause leukemia and cancer in blood-forming organs.
- Vinyl Chloride
Vinyl chloride is commonly used as a colorless gas. It’s a manufactured substance that doesn’t occur naturally. It can also form when other substances break down. Vinyl chloride is used to make polyvinyl chloride (PVC) which makes plastic products, including pipes, packaging materials, cable and wire cable coatings.
Liquid vinyl chloride typically evaporates quickly. Vinyl chloride in water or soil should evaporate if it’s near the surface. Small amounts can dissolve in water. Exposure is normally through breathing in the gas, but people can drink the chemical if it’s in the water supply.
The effects of drinking high levels of vinyl chloride are unknown. Animal studies have shown that long-term exposure to vinyl chloride can damage sperm and testes. Breathing in the gas over long periods can cause liver and nerve damage. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services states vinyl chloride is a known carcinogen.
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- Ron was the Commanding General’s Aide-de-Camp and had first-hand knowledge of the contaminated water supply during his tenure.
- The contamination continued beyond the years of the new law based on subsequent soil tests. Ron reported the contamination test results up the chain of command.
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