Over 20 years, the failure to properly maintain a safe water supply at Camp Lejeune resulted in water contaminated with high levels of TCE, PCE, and other chemicals. Pregnant women lived and worked on the base and drank the water, which will result in a large number of Camp Lejeune birth defect lawsuits.
A study conducted by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) concluded that maternal exposure to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune resulted in a significantly higher rate of neural tube birth defects such as spina bifida.
The ATSDR study looked at birth defect rates for women who resided at Camp Lejeune at some point during pregnancy and had children born between 1968 and 1985. The study found a clear link between gestational exposure to PCE and TCE in the Camp Lejeune water and neural tube birth defects (“NTD”).
Children exposed to the contaminated Camp Lejeune water during the first trimester of pregnancy displayed NTD birth defect rates nearly 5 times higher than normal. Five times. That is a stunning and tragic number of babies enduring permanent and avoidable injuries.
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