Background Information / Events Summary
Events Summary

This section displays a timeline of events regarding the Camp Lejeune Historic Drinking Water issue. The Chronology of Events is based on information currently available and is subject to change.


2014

November 21, 2014 - ATSDR's "Evaluation of contaminated drinking water and preterm birth, small for gestational age, and birth weight at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina: a cross-sectional study" journal article was published online yesterday. The purpose of this study was to evaluate associations between residential prenatal exposure to contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune between 1968 and 1985 and preterm birth, small for gestational age (SGA), term low birth weight (TLBW), and mean birth weight deficit (MBW). Birth certificates identified mothers residing at Camp Lejeune at delivery. ATSDR analyzed exposure data for the entire pregnancy and individual trimesters. For each period examined, births were categorized as unexposed if mothers did not reside at Camp Lejeune or if their residence on base received uncontaminated drinking water.

August 14, 2014 - ATSDR's "Mortality study of civilian employees exposed to contaminated drinking water at USMC Base Camp Lejeune: a retrospective cohort study" journal article was published online yesterday. The purpose of this study was to determine whether potential exposures to the drinking water contaminants at Camp Lejeune are associated with increased risk of death from specific cancers and other chronic diseases among civilian workers employed at the base. The study evaluated specific causes of death in 4,647 full-time workers who were employed at Camp Lejeune during 1973-1985. ATSDR also evaluated a comparison group of 4,690 full-time workers who were employed at Camp Pendleton during 1973-1985 but were not employed at Camp Lejeune during this period. The Camp Pendleton workers were not exposed to contaminated drinking water.

February 20, 2014 - ATSDR’s “Evaluation of mortality among Marines and Navy personnel exposed to contaminated drinking water at USMC Base Camp Lejeune: A retrospective cohort study” was published yesterday. The purpose of this study was to determine whether exposures of Marine and Naval personnel to contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune increased risk of mortality from cancers and other chronic diseases. The study focused on 154,932 Marine and Naval personnel who began active duty service during April 1975 – December 1985 and were stationed at Camp Lejeune anytime during this period. A comparison cohort consisted of 154,969 Marine and Naval personnel who began active duty service during April 1975 – December 1985, were stationed anytime during this period at USMC Base Camp Pendleton, but were not stationed at Camp Lejeune during this period. The study relies on ATSDR’s previous water modeling estimates (http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/sites/lejeune/watermodeling.html) of past exposures to a class of chemicals known as “volatile organic compounds” (VOCs) in water.

2013

December 5, 2013 - The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry’s (ATSDR) “Evaluation of exposure to contaminated drinking water and specific birth defects and childhood cancers at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina: a case--control study” has been published. The purpose of this study was to determine if maternal exposures to the contaminants in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune increased the risk of certain health conditions. The study relies on ATSDR’s water modeling estimates of past exposures to a class of chemicals known as “volatile organic compounds” (VOCs) in water. The Provisional PDF and ATSDR’s factsheet can be viewed here: http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/sites/lejeune/update.html

March 15, 2013 - The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) released its “Chapter A: Summary and Findings” water modeling report today for the Hadnot Point and Holcomb Boulevard Water Treatment Plants and Vicinities at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C. ATSDR’s water modeling estimates that the first month any VOC exceeded the current Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulatory standards in drinking water in the Hadnot Point system was August 1953, and at least one VOC exceeded the current standard in Hadnot Point drinking water from August 1953 through January 1985.

2012

August 6, 2012 - President Obama signs into law the "Honoring America's Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012". The new law provides health care to former Marines and families.

2009

October 14, 2009 - Community Assistance Panel (CAP) meeting in Atlanta, GA. For more information visit: http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/sites/lejeune/capmeetings.html

June 13, 2009 - The National Research Council (NRC) released its report, "Contaminated Drinking Water at Camp Lejeune," during a press conference in Jacksonville, NC. Please visit the NRC website for more information and for a video of the NRC presentation at: http://www.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=12618&page=R1. After release of the report, the Marine Corps mailed a copy of the NRC public summary to each registrant. Additionally, the Marine Corps emailed information to more than 63,000 registrants who have provided their email address.

May 26-29, 2009 - ATSDR site visit to Camp Lejeune.

2008

August to October 2008 - In partnership with the IRS, the Marine Corps mails notification letters encouraging individuals to join the Notification Registry. Almost 150,000 names were provided to the IRS, who searched for current address information and mailed letters on behalf of the Marine Corps.

August 2008 - On behalf of the Marine Corps, the IRS mailed approximately 150,000 form letters to individuals, encouraging recipients to join the Notification Registry by contacting the Camp Lejeune Historic Drinking Water Call Center or registering online. For a copy of the IRS letter, please click here. The letters were sent beginning in August 2008, with subsequent mailings in September and October.

March 2008 - The Marine Corps mailed 49,176 letters to individuals who resided or worked at Camp Lejeune during the applicable timeframe. Mailing addresses were acquired via the electronic military and civilian personnel records from the Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC). The notification letter encouraged individuals to join the Notification Registry by calling the Camp Lejeune Historic Drinking Water (CLHDW) Call Center or via the website.

March 11–12, 2008 – NRC meeting in DC.

February 28, 2008 – Assistant Secretary of the Navy Installations & Environment (ASN (I&E)) appears before the House Armed Services Committee (HASC).

February 12–14, 2008 – ATSDR site visit to Camp Lejeune.

January 28, 2008 – FY08 National Defense Authorization Act Notification Language enacted.

2007

October 2007 - The Senate approved a Defense authorization bill for the Secretary of the Navy to inform Camp Lejeune residents/workers they may have been exposed to contaminated drinking water. The Marine Corps continues to take every effort to reach 100 percent of the residents and former employees that may have been exposed.

September 2007 - The Marine Corps activated the Camp Lejeune Water Study Call Center with a toll-free phone number ((877) 261-9782) and web-based notification registry for the public. All former Marines, family members, and civilian employees who resided or worked aboard the Base between 1957 and 1987 were encouraged to register.

September 2007 - The Marine Corps launched a toll-free call center, staffed by operators Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST. Call center staff provide assistance with individuals joining the Notification Registry and to receive results from research initiatives.

September 2007 - The Marine Corps activated a registration database that can be accessed online (http://www.marines.mil/clwater) so that former Camp Lejeune residents and workers as well as interested parties can be placed on a contact list to receive results from research initiatives.

June 12, 2007 - Congressional members of the House Energy and Commerce Sub Committee on Oversight and Investigations hosted a hearing with former Camp Lejeune residents and workers. The purpose of the hearing was to determine if the Marine Corps could have done more to notify the estimated 500 thousand people who may have been exposed to contaminated water over the 30 year period.

May 2007 - The completed GAO report concluded the ATSDR’s work was not delayed or hindered by DOD despite difficulties and disagreements regarding availability of information. Additionally, the report documented three federal inquiries on this issue: the Commandant’s Panel, EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division/Department of Justice, and EPA’s Office of the Inspector General. These inquiries concluded federal officials’ actions were generally appropriate. The inquiries also criticized some of the actions by DoD officials, which were related to inadequate communication.

2006

October 2006 - FY07 Secretary of the Navy NAV mandated agreement with National Academy of Science and guidance on notification.

February 2006 - The ATSDR Community Assistance Panel (CAP) convened in Atlanta, GA for regularly scheduled quarterly meetings. For more information visit: http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/sites/lejeune/capmeetings.html

2004

2004 CMC Fact Finding Report: https://clnr.hqi.usmc.mil/clwater/content/Documents/2004_CMC_Fact_Finding_Report.pdf

October 2004 - Fiscal Year 2005 Authorization Act mandated the General Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct a study regarding the Camp Lejeune drinking water issue.

March 2004 - Commandant Charter Panel (independent of Marine Corps) reviewed facts and actions surrounding decisions made after the 1980 discovery of VOCs. The panel determined notification to residents (regarding contamination in the wells at the time of closure) did not fully characterize the contaminant levels.

2003

July 2003 - ATSDR released a progress report of the survey, which concluded a follow-on case control/epidemiological study was warranted. The Marine Corps publicized this report through a press release and web cast by the Deputy Commandant for Installations and Logistics. The Marine Corps posted survey information on the Marine Corps Camp Lejeune drinking water web page.

2002

January 2002 - The ATSDR began its analysis of survey results with 12,598 eligible participants.

2001

April 2001 - Headquarters Marine Corps requested approval from the Department of Defense to provide the ATSDR with social security numbers of potential survey participants.

February 2001 - Regional media outreach efforts began and included:

• TV Stations - 1027 outlets

• Daily Newspapers - 1373 outlets

• Weekly Newspapers - 1171 outlets

• Total: 3571 media outlets contacted

January 25, 2001 - Headquarters Marine Corps sent a second message to all Marines worldwide in an effort to reach potential ATSDR survey participants.

July 2001 - Headquarters Marine Corps received approval from DoD for a limited release of social security number information covered by the Privacy Act to the ATSDR to support survey participant location efforts. DoD identified and forwarded contact information for the names of potential survey participants per extensive data searches by Headquarters Marine Corps.

2000

August 2000 - Headquarters Marine Corps sent a message to all Marines worldwide in an effort to reach potential ATSDR survey participants. Additionally, the Marine Corps reached out to Marine Corps and other services’ military newspapers. In November 2000, Headquarters Marine Corps held a press brief at the Pentagon asking media to assist outreach to survey participants.

January 2000 - The Marine Corps actively assisted the ATSDR in identifying children eligible for the survey through targeted and global notifications. The Marine Corps held an “Open House” at Camp Lejeune with base residents and the Jacksonville community to discuss issues about the drinking water.

1997

In 1997, ATSDR published its Public Health Assessment for Camp Lejeune. Persons interested in reading the PHA may request a printed copy by contacting the ATSDR Records Center by telephone at 770.488.0707 or by e-mail to atsdrrecordscenter@cdc.gov.

1985

May 1985 - Marine Corps distributed a press release to announce the water contamination and steps to restore water services to effected base residents.

April 1985 - The Marine Corps distributed a public notice to residents of Tarawaa Terrace regarding the quality of the water and the status of the distribution center.

1984

Our outreach efforts began in 1984 with an article in the Base newspaper following the discovery of chemicals in the drinking water wells.
Final GAO Report Chronology (1980-1985)

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