As noted, Camp Geiger’s water supply did not contain any of the solvents found in the water at the Tarawa Terrace or Hadnot Point facilities.
Residents of Camp Geiger received drinking water from a separate, uncontaminated source.
However, the water supply in many other areas of Camp Lejeune was affected.
These sites include:
Tarawa Terrace (Tarawa Terrace water system)
Knox Trailer Park (Tarawa Terrace water system and the Montford Point/Camp Johnson water system)
Berkeley Manor (Hadnot Point water system until June 1972, later served by the Holcomb Boulevard water treatment facility except in rare cases)
Paradise Point (Hadnot Point water system until June 1972, served by Holcomb Boulevard system from June 1972 onward with occasional exceptions)
Midway Park (Hadnot Point water system until June 1972, later served by the Holcomb Boulevard system with a few exceptions)
Hospital Point (Hadnot Point water treatment system)
Barracks (Hadnot Point water system)
The majority of bachelor housing (Hadnot Point water system)
Although Berkeley Manor, Paradise Point, Midway Park, and Watkins Village were all served by the Holcomb Boulevard system from 1972 on, there were times when service members and others in these areas continued to receive water from the Hadnot Point system post-June 1972.
During dry spells in the spring and summer months, additional water would sometimes be pumped into these sites from the Hadnot Point system.
These areas also received water from the Hadnot Point system for two weeks in early 1985 while repairs were being performed on the Holcomb Boulevard system.
This was just before the most prominent contaminated wells at Camp Lejeune were shut down for good.
The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 would overrule the North Carolina statute of repose that is currently preventing victims of water contamination at Camp Lejeune from taking legal action.
Currently, lawsuits cannot be brought against polluters in North Carolina if ten years have passed since the defendant’s misconduct began.
As a result, victims of water contamination at Camp Lejeune have had no legal recourse to seek compensation for damages they suffered, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering, among other losses.
If the new bill is passed, that will change.
However, to obtain compensation, victims will still have to prove that their condition occurred because of the government’s negligence or the negligence of another party.
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