Tests from routine water treatment plant sampling and samples of water supply wells identified that trichloroethylene (TCE), tetrachloroethylene (PCE), vinyl chloride (VC) and benzene contaminated some drinking water sources at Camp Lejeune. They are all colorless chemicals. TCE is a solvent used for cleaning metal parts. PCE is used for dry cleaning and metal degreasing. TCE and PCE degrade in groundwater over time to VC. Benzene is used to make other chemicals which are used to make plastics, resins, and nylon and synthetic fibers.
Chemicals at Camp Lejeune (FAQs)
Commonly asked questions and answers about the chemicals found at Camp Lejeune.
Health effects linked with trichloroethylene (TCE), tetrachloroethylene (PCE), benzene, and vinyl chloride exposure
This fact sheet answers the most frequently asked health questions about TCE.
TCE Toxicological Profile
Provides in-depth information on TCE.
TCE Case Studies in Environmental Medicine
The Case Studies in Environmental Medicine (CSEM) are a series of self-instructional publications designed to increase the primary care provider’s knowledge of hazardous substances in the environment and to aid in the evaluation of potentially exposed patients.
Tetrachloroetehylene (PCE or PERC)
This fact sheet answers the most frequently asked health questions about PCE.
PCE Toxicological Profile
Provides in-depth information on PCE.
Vinyl Chloride ToxFAQs
This fact sheet answers the most frequently asked health questions about Vinyl Chloride.
This fact sheet answers the most frequently asked health questions about Benzene.
Chemical Safety Information from NIOSH
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