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U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina was established in 1942. In 1982, the Marine Corps discovered specific volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the drinking water provided by two of the eight water treatment plants on base.

Water from the Tarawa Terrace Treatment Plant was primarily contaminated by PCE (perchloroethylene or tetrachloroethylene). More…

ATSDR Assessment of the Evidence for the Drinking Water Contaminants at Camp Lejeune and Specific Cancers and Other Diseases [PDF – 4.7 MB]
Camp Lejeune Drinking Water Public Health Assessment [PDF – 17 MB]
Camp Lejeune Drinking Water Fact Sheet [PDF – 1.4 MB]

Community Assistance Panel (CAP)



View an interactive timeline or download the text version [PDF – 118KB] of ATSDR’s public health activities at Camp Lejeune from 1989 through 2016.

Reconstructing Historical VOC Concentrations in Drinking Water for Epidemiological Studies at a U.S. Military Base: Summary of Results