The government and the military have faced legal challenges over a lawsuit that was originally blocked when thousands of Marines developed cancer after being exposed to contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. The law imposed a 10-year statute of limitations on the claims of individuals who had been exposed to benzene or other toxins through the drinking water. But this statute may be lifted if the affected Marines are willing to file for a new suit.
The EPA discovered the problem in 1984 but the ATSDR didn’t include it in its report until 12 years later.
The ATSDR has admitted that the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune is among the worst in the country, but the Department of Defense has yet to address the issue. The contamination at Camp Lejeune has been linked to other diseases and the EPA has said that the water is safe for consumption.
The EPA and the Department of Defense are trying to clean up the water at Camp Lejeune. They say the contaminated water is causing health problems in some people. There are many cases of cancer in former Camp Lejeune employees. The EPA has refused to take responsibility for any of them. The company that contaminated the water is suing the city and the military and is urging for an independent investigation.
A recent ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court has been helpful to the plaintiffs in the Camp Lejeune drinking water lawsuit.
The Department of Justice is allowing the plaintiffs to pursue their claim against the government. The EPA has stated that the decision is based on “common sense” and will allow them to file their claim. The government has six months to appeal this ruling. This decision will affect all other lawsuits filed against the government.
Several lawsuits are pending against the government over the Camp Lejeune drinking water. The first lawsuit filed by a Marine Corpsman and his family was dismissed. A second lawsuit was filed by a Navy man in North Carolina who filed the case in a U.S. district court in Georgia. The defendants denied the petition, saying that the lawsuit was not valid. Those who were harmed by the contaminated water at Camp Lejeune could also claim damages of up to $963 billion.
Despite this sweeping ruling, the Camp Lejeune drinking water lawsuit is still on the table.
It is not clear how long it will last. But it’s important to know what the future holds for this case. The government has been denying the claim for nearly 10 years. In the meantime, the plaintiffs must file a civil action to recover damages. These suits can be argued against in various courts, including the Fourth Circuit.
The water pollution at Camp Lejeune is caused by many substances that cause cancer. One of the main causes of the contamination is volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Some of these compounds are known to be carcinogens. The researchers cited two chemicals as the main culprits. Eventually, an exhaustive study found that there were at least 70 more chemicals in the water. Although the government is not responsible for the contaminated waters, the victims’ families will be entitled to compensation.
The toxins found in the water were found in many locations, including Camp Lejeune.
These contaminants were not immediately detected, but they lasted for decades. The toxicity was so bad that the military had to close the base’s water treatment facilities. As a result, the victims have filed disability claims with the VA. However, this case has been denied, but the court has yet to rule on it.
The V.A. denied all of the remaining civil claims. The contaminated water was purposefully kept secret for decades. The ATSDR did not acknowledge the presence of benzene until 1999. The military and the government were not aware of the toxic levels in the water until they were diagnosed with esophageal cancer. This cancer has been linked to the toxins PCE and TCE in the water.