Camp Lejeune Case Study

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As Lance Corporal Brown places his hand against the hard building known to most Marines as the barracks. Most who never have lived in the barracks on Camp Lejeune would see them as a decent place for our military men and women to live in. Brown took a deep breath, wondering what would be in store for today. He knew his Commanding Officer would probably have them running most the roads on Camp Lejeune for the morning P.T session. Lance Corporal Brown enlisted into the United States Marine Corps, knowing he wanted to make his grandfather proud. Brown's grandfather was also stationed on Camp Lejeune, but that was way back in the years between 1953 and 1987 when they had an issue with water contamination. Brown could not remember the year his grandfather had been in, all he can remember is his grandfather used to tell him the water had harmful chemicals in it. A Place That Speaks To Thousands 3…show more content…
Camp Lejeune operates multiple drinking water systems that serve various parts of the base. Water supply wells pump water from deep underground (i.e., groundwater) and deliver it to a water treatment plant. The wells are “cycled,” meaning that not all of the wells are pumping water to the treatment plant at the same time. In the 1980s, some of the wells that supplied water to the Tarawa Terrace, Hadnot Point, and Holcomb Boulevard systems were found to be affected by chemicals. In 1982, special tap water testing identified trichloroethylene (TCE) and tetrachloroethylene (PCE). The test results varied between drinking water samples collected at different times. In 1984-1985, when base officials discovered that these chemicals were in specific drinking water supply wells, these affected wells were taken out of service. The chemicals detected in the drinking water were a class of chemicals known

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