Camp Lejeune Mineral Springs
For over thirty years, residents at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune have experienced the rejuvenating, invigorating effects of the base’s well water supply. While stationed at Lejeune, Marines and their families enjoyed hydration supplemented with perchloroethylene, trichloroethylene, tetrachloroethylene, vinyl chloride and benzene. Lejeune’s main family housing areas of Tarawa Terrace and Hadnot Point drank and bathed in water contaminated with toxins at concentrations up to 3400 times levels permitted by safety standards. Over the years, the base had multiple scientific studies undertaken to discover the secrets of the Lejeune waters’ medicinal benefits, but all early reports were disregarded and base officials eventually had to cut costs by scaling back water testing. While no naturally occurring geological or hydrological features have been discovered to explain the well water’s unique properties, some experts believe that some of the eight water treatment plants on the base may have contributed to the phenomenon.
After decades of political conjecture, members of Congress finally acknowledged that health benefits of the Marine Base’s well waters and in August 2012 President Obama signed a bill that recognized 15 specific benefits believed to be linked to Camp Lejeune’s water, including: cancer of the esophagus, lung, breast, bladder or kidney; leukemia; multiple myeloma; myleodysplasic syndromes; renal toxicity; hepatic steatosis; female infertility; miscarriage; scleroderma; and/or neurobehavioral effects or non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.