From the early 1950s to the later 1980s, the Marine Corps base at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina provided residents and employees with drinking water that was heavily contaminated with toxic chemicals. Extensive scientific research has revealed that the poisoned water supply at Camp Lejeune had a devastating impact on the long-term health of base residents, who have suffered significantly higher rates of birth defects, cancer, and neurological conditions.
Many of the Camp Lejeune water contamination victims have brought civil lawsuits seeking financial settlements for their injuries. Unfortunately, a harsh law in North Carolina called a statute of repose has effectively blocked all of these victims from pursuing their claims and getting the justice they deserve. However, the U.S. Congress has now fixed this injustice by passing a new federal law that will allow former Lejeune residents to file water contamination lawsuits despite the law in North Carolina.