Camp Lejeune Benzene Poisoning
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If you were a Marine stationed at Camp Lejeune and your family has suffered from cancer or other health problems, they may be the victim of drinking water tainted with benzene and other toxic chemicals. Additionally, your family may also be the victims of a cover-up perpetrated by the Marine Corps.
Our Camp Lejeune benzene poisoning lawyers are aggressively investigating this deplorable situation. Recently it was learned that an environmental contractor hired by the government dramatically underreported the level of benzene in Camp Lejeune's drinking water. Newly disclosed studies have revealed that the Marine Corps had been warned nearly a decade earlier about the dangerously high levels of benzene.
If you were stationed at Camp Lejeune and your love one developed cancer that could be the result of benzene poisoning, our Camp Lejeune benzene poisoning lawyers want to hear from you today.They may be eligible to file a lawsuit to recover damages for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.
Camp Lejeune Benzene Levels Underreported
For years, Marines who served at Camp Lejeune have blamed their families' cancers and other ailments on tap water tainted by dry cleaning solvents, and many accuse the military of covering it up. The contamination occurred from the 1950s through the 1980s, and health officials believe as many as 1 million people may have been exposed to the toxins before the wells that supplied the tainted water were closed two decades ago.
According to an Associated Press investigation, the benzene was discovered as part of a broader, ongoing probe into that contamination. The benzene contamination was traced to massive leaks from fuel tanks at the base. In July 1984, tests revealed benzene in a well near the base's Hadnot Point Fuel Farm at levels of 380 parts per billion. According to a summary of those tests, the same contractor pointed out the benzene concentration "far exceeds" the safety limit set by federal regulators at 5 parts per billion.
In 1991, another contractor again warned the Navy of the health hazards posed by such levels of benzene, the Associated Press said. By 1992, the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, an arm of the Department of Health and Human Services, began a health risk assessment. That same year, a third contractor, the Michael Baker Corp., released a draft report on the feasibility of fixing the overall problem.
But according to the Associated Press, information on the 1984 water tests in the Michael Baker report differed from what the original contractor had reported. The 1984 benzene level on the well of 380 parts per billion had changed to 38 parts per billion. The company's final report on the well, issued in 1994, made no mention of the benzene at all.
But the benzene hadn't magically disappeared. In fact, according to the Associated Press, it's gotten much worse over time. One sample from a series of tests conducted from June 2007 to August 2009 on the now-closed wells registered 3,490 parts per billion, according to a report from a fourth contractor.
In the Associated Press report detailing the benzene omission, a former enforcement officer with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said it was hard to see the discrepancies in the Michael Baker Corp. reports as an “innocent mistake." The enforcement officer asserted that the fact that benzene levels were first reported at 380, then 38 and then disappeared entirely "does support the contention that they did do it deliberately."
Benzene is one of the most commonly used solvents in the United States. It is used as an additive in gasoline and an ingredient in paints, inks, adhesives, rubbers, glues, old spot removers, and furniture wax. Benzene is also used to make some types of plastics, glues, rubbers, lubricants, dyes, detergents, drugs, and pesticides.
Acute benzene poisoning is what someone experiences when they are exposed to a high level of benzene during a short period of time. This type of exposure is most common in enclosed spaces like a tank or vessel that is coated with benzene residues. Acute benzene poisoning can also happen from spills or equipment failure. Acute poisoning can negatively affect the central nervous system causing dizziness, nausea, fatigue, and incoherent speech. In more severe cases acute benzene poisoning can be fatal.
Chronic benzene poisoning occurs when someone experiences exposure to low levels of benzene over a long time. If someone is treated for acute exposure and survives, he or she is at risk of developing chronic, lasting affects associated with their exposure to the toxic chemical. Some common symptoms of chronic benzene poisoning are tiredness, weight loss, and headaches.
Benzene is a known human carcinogen. Long-term exposure, such as what happened at Camp Lejeune, can cause acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), acute myeloid leukemia (AML), and chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML). Benzene exposure has also been linked to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, aplastic anemia, and myelodysplastic syndromes.
Legal Help for Victims of Camp Lejeune Benzene Poisoning
What has happened at Camp Lejeune is indefensible. Filing a benzene poisoning lawsuit is one way to make sure the federal government is held accountable to the Marines who served there. If you were stationed at Camp Lejeune between the 1950s through the 1980s, and someone in your family has suffered from leukemia or another ailment that may be associated with benzene exposure, they deserve compensation for your injuries. Please contact one of our Camp Lejeune benzene poisoning lawyers today.
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