Recently, one of our readers inquired about the possible presence of lead in the water supply at Camp Lejeune. They were concerned about potential exposure.
Has lead poisoning ever come up regarding Lejeune? My brother and I were military dependents in Camp Lejeune in 1953-4. He died three years ago of ALS. I was diagnosed with lead poisoning in 2015. The Nurse Practitioner supervising my intake and chelation therapy was previously a nurse at the Ann Arbor VA hospital. She believed that the lead poisoning likely happened at Camp Lejeune.
Most of the contamination that has been discussed in recent years centers around carcinogens such as TCE, PCE, benzene and vinyl chloride. Yet, lead was also present. We did uncover a few mentions about lead at Lejeune in a couple of documents we want to share as a start. One of those is a 1993 NY Times article entitled High Levels of Lead Found In Water Serving 30 Million. While the article addresses a nationwide problem, it does draw on specific sites as examples, including Camp Lejeune.
In the article, they mention the following regarding lead at Camp Lejeune:
Some places showed startling concentrations. Camp Lejeune, the Marine base in North Carolina, showed lead levels that toxicologists say cause brain damage in children.
The exact numbers are startling:
Some samples from Camp Lejeune showed 484 parts per billion.
What’s most fascinating as we take a look back in time at the news of the day in 1993, it would seem that we’ve been well aware of the potential infrastructure challenges that communities such as Flint, Michigan are complaining about today. Here’s the scope of the lead problem back then:
In its broadest survey of lead contamination in drinking water, the Environmental Protection Agency said yesterday that 819 systems serving 30 million people had excessive levels, and it ordered officials to take steps to reduce lead levels and to notify customers.
Amazing that we’ve yet to solve this national problem almost 15 years later, isn’t it?
NJ Lead Fact Sheet – Civilian Exposure – NJDOH Lead Fact Sheet
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