Advocate Erin Brockovich Speaks at Town Hall About Camp Lejeune Water Contamination

By: Camp Lejeune Legal
WASHINGTON - Nov. 8, 2022 - PRLog -- Celebrated public health advocate Erin Brockovich recently hosted a town hall to speak about her years-long fight to find justice for those who fell ill after being exposed to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. WITN covered the event. Brockovich has joined forces with Camp Lejeune Legal, along with retired Marine Jerry Ensminger and male breast cancer survivor Mike Partain, to host a series of public town halls across the country to inform those who might have been exposed about their rights.

For decades, high levels of cancer-causing chemicals leached into the groundwater at Camp Lejeune, the largest Marine base on the East Coast. Indiscriminate dumping of waste into landfills, leaking fuel tanks and other sources of contamination poisoned the drinking water of hundreds of thousands of veterans, their families – including children in-utero – and workers on base, resulting in birth defects and devastating, often fatal illnesses.

For years, the Marine Corps knew about contaminated wells but did not shut them down. Even after the pollution was confirmed, the Defense Department obstructed efforts to study the extent of the harm. In August, President Biden signed into law the Honoring our PACT Act, which includes the Camp Lejeune Justice Act. Now, victims who lived or worked for more than 30 days at Camp Lejeune, or who were exposed in-utero, between 1953 and 1987 can take legal action against the U.S. government for their exposure to toxic water on the base.

Brockovich said the in-person town halls will offer relief from the glut of impersonal ads flooding the airwaves.

"Jerry and Mike are such the face of the Camp Lejeune story, and anytime there's an environmental contamination, military or otherwise, people will usually call me, and they just think of myself and the film and my association with water. I'm a military mom and this is just close to my heart," Brockovich told WITN.

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