Drinking-water systems that supplied two areas of housing at Camp Lejeune were contaminated with industrial chemicals from at least 1953 to 1985. The contaminated wells were shut down in February 1985.
The exact duration and intensity of the exposure at Camp Lejeune are unknown. The geographic extent of contamination by specific chemicals also is unknown.
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) has developed models to try to characterize the geographic extent and intensity of the contamination.
Recently published studies by ATSDR have provided additional scientific information to help evaluate possible service-connection for health effects and to make policy changes.
The National Research Council 2009 report, Contaminated Water Supplies at Camp Lejeune, provides a summary of the Camp Lejeune water contamination up to the year 2009.
If you have health concerns about exposure to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune, talk to your health care provider or local VA Environmental Health Coordinator.
Learn about health benefits for Camp Lejeune Veterans and family members.