Marine Corps Reserve Association

CAMP LEJEUNE WATER ISSUE

In the early 1980s at the Marine Corps Base in Lejeune, NC, it was discovered that two on-base water-supply systems were contaminated with the volatile organic compounds trichloroethylene (TCE), a metal degreaser, and perchloroethylene (PCE), a dry cleaning agent. Benzene, vinyl chloride, and other compounds were also found to be contaminating the water-supply systems. For the full link click here.

Many of the members of the MCRA have been stationed during their career at Camp Lejeune. As such, this issue is one that the MCRA is following closely and has been advocating on Capitol Hill for many years. Much progress has been made, but there is much work remaining. We will continue to follow this issue for as long as it remains. We will strive to keep the membership informed of all news on this issue. The Marine Corps encourages all those who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune before 1987 to register to receive notifications regarding this matter. In addition, the Department of the Navy is funding independent research initiatives.

The MCRA will continue to keep this as a priority for the Association and push information as it becomes available to the membership. Keeping in step with our mission to remain faithful to all those that have served.

I have found a law firm The Bell Legal Group that specializes in representing those that were victimized.  The best part is this site does an exceptional job with keeping up with information that has impacted so many!  

NEWS STORIES

Governor Releases Statement on Senate Bill 574

Raleigh, NC - Governor Pat McCrory released the following statement following the signing of Senate Bill 574:  “This solution is a testament to our ability in state government to work together in a bipartisan manner to respond swiftly to citizens’ needs,” said Governor McCrory. “I would like to thank the members of the General Assembly for taking quick action to address the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling.”

Senate Bill 574, which passed unanimously in both the state House and Senate, provided clarification to certain state laws addressing groundwater contamination lawsuits. The legislation was passed in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in CTS Corp. v. Waldburger. Without the new legislation, the ruling could have resulted in the dismissal of certain groundwater contamination suits.

To read the North Carolina bill in its entirety click here

Raleigh, NC - Governor Pat McCrory released the following statement following the signing of Senate Bill 574:

 

“This solution is a testament to our ability in state government to work together in a bipartisan manner to respond swiftly to citizens’ needs,” said Governor McCrory. “I would like to thank the members of the General Assembly for taking quick action to address the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling.”


Senate Bill 574, which passed unanimously in both the state House and Senate, provided clarification to certain state laws addressing groundwater contamination lawsuits. The legislation was passed in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in CTS Corp. v. Waldburger. Without the new legislation, the ruling could have resulted in the dismissal of certain groundwater contamination suits.

- See more at: http://www.governor.state.nc.us/newsroom/press-releases/20140620/governor-releases-statement-senate-bill-574#sthash.zRJ7OaXj.dpuf

Governor Releases Statement on Senate Bill 574
Governor Releases Statement on Senate Bill 574
Governor Releases Statement on Senate Bill 574
Governor Releases Statement on Senate Bill 574
Meeting with North Carolina Senator Burr and Congressman Jones

Your MCRA has been extremely active in the past two weeks advocating on behalf of the membership. The two main topics have been the Supreme Court ruling that could impact those Marines that have suffered due to the water contamination at Camp Lejeune and the current situation within the VA.
 
This week National President Ken Hopper and MCRA Legislative intern Dean Castaldo met with NC Senator Richard Burr and NC Congressman Walter Jones to discuss the Supreme Court ruling and the impact this would have upon those seeking compensation for the water contamination at Camp Lejeune. The meeting with Senator Burr was extremely productive as we were informed of NC legislation, SENATE BILL 574, awaiting the signature of the Governor. This bill would specifically address the 10 year Statute of Repose which had previously barred the filling of Marine's claims.

On 20 June the Governor of NC signed the bill into law. In part Governor
McCrory stated, “I would like to thank the members of the General Assembly for taking quick action to address the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling.” To view Governor statement click here.

This is a tremendous success for not only membership but all Marines that served at Camp Lejeune!
  

Supreme Court ruling muddies water in Lejeune pollution case  7 June 2014

The Supreme Court on Monday dealt a blow to North Carolina families trying to sue over groundwater contamination at a big Marine Corps base.  In a technical decision with real-world consequences, the court upheld North Carolina’s limits on how long people have to bring certain pollution-related lawsuits. By upholding the state’s 10-year limit, called a statute of repose, the court effectively undercut lawsuits centering on Camp
Lejeune. “Time is the controlling factor,” Justice Anthony Kennedy declared.  To read remainder of the story click here.

ATSDR HAS RELEASED ITS "CHAPTER A: SUMMARY AND FINDINGS" WATER MODELING REPORT

On 15Mar2013, the ATSDR released it's "Chapter A: Summary & Findings" water modeling report for the Hadnot Point & Holcomb Boulevard Water Treatment Plants & Vicinities.

ATSDR's modeling estimates that the first month any VOC exceeded the current EPA regulatory standards in drinking water in the Hadnot Point system was August 1953, and at least one VOC exceeded the current standard in Hadnot Point drinking water from August 1953 through January 1985. Outreach efforts on the Camp Lejeune water issue began in 1984 and much has occurred over the past 29 years, for a complete chronological summary click here. This is such an important topic that the CMC published a letter expressing his concerns and addressing the actions to be taken by the Marine Corps on this issue. To view the letter click here.

CDC Confirms Cancer & Camp Lejeune Water linked! 07Jun13

A longawaited study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms a link between tainted tap water at a U.S. Marine Corps base in North Carolina and increased risk of serious birth defects and childhood cancers.  For the full story click HERE

Marine Corps’ full response to NBC News regarding water contamination at Camp Lejeune  21 Feb 2013

In the early 1980s, Camp Lejeune began to test drinking water for trihalomethanes (THMs) because of new regulations that had been announced by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for those chemicals in November of 1979. Monitoring was required by November 1982 and compliance by November 1983. THMs are chemicals that are created when water is treated with chlorine. While these initial tests for THMs were being conducted, other chemicals, unidentified at the time, were sometimes interfering with the results.  For full interview click here.

 

FOR THE HADNOT POINT AND HOLCOMB BOULEVARD WATER TREATMENT

PLANTS AND VICINITIES. Find out More.

For all those that were stationed at Camp Lejeune during the time period in question, it is recommended by the Marine Corps to register, click here to begin.

Contact the VA for Reimbursement

VA will be able to reimburse Veterans’ family members for eligible out-of-pocket health care expenses for 15 health conditions after we publish regulations. Prepare in 3 steps:

  1. Call 1-877-222-8387 to be added to VA’s Camp Lejeune database.
  2. Gather documents showing your relationship to a Veteran who served at Camp Lejeune and that you lived on base for 30 days or more between 1957-87.
  3. Keep receipts for health care expenses you paid for a covered condition on or after March 26, 2013.
Public Health Information

Visit www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures to learn about other military exposures and VA benefits.

New health benefits

Under a law signed Aug. 6, 2012 (215 KB, PDF), Veterans and family members who served on active duty or resided at Camp Lejeune for 30 days or more between Jan. 1, 1957 and Dec. 31, 1987 may be eligible for VA medical care.

Compensation benefits

The new law applies to health care, not disability compensation. At this time, there is insufficient scientific and clinical evidence to establish a presumptive association between service at Camp Lejeune during the period of water contamination and the development of certain diseases. VA is closely monitoring new research. VA representatives regularly attend the quarterly Community Action Panel meetings hosted by The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).  Veterans may file a claim for disability compensation for health problems they believe are related to exposure to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune. VA decides these claims on a case-by-case basis. File a claim online For the full details click here.

Links for all the CLNC Water info:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camp_Lejeune_water_contamination (for background)

http://www.tftptf.com/ (a valuable proponent website)

http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/camp-lejeune/  (the VA slice)

https://clnr.hqi.usmc.mil/clwater/index.aspx  (The USMC slice)

http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/sites/lejeune/health_survey.html (The toxic substance survey)

Members who think they may have been effected should be encouraged to join the registry, participate in the surveys, and stay informed about the issue.




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