https://www.c-span.org/video/?c5027283/president-biden-signs-pact-actDrinking water at Camp Lejune, North Carolina, was contaminated by toxic substances, and it is estimated that over one million military personnel, their families, and civilians who lived and worked near Camp Lejune training facility between August 1, 1953, and December 31, 1987, may have been exposed to hazardous substances.
Severe illness may have resulted from exposure, including birth defects, cancer, and other serious diseases.
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sign The PACT Act
President Joe Biden has signed the Camp Lejune Justice Act of 2022 [The PACT Act] that allows lawsuits to be filed against the US Government.
The law provides that anyone (including utero exposure) who worked, resided, or otherwise was exposed for a period of not less than 30 days beginning on August 1, 1953, and ending on December 31, 1987, to water at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, to water supplied by, or on behalf, of the United States, can bring a lawsuit.
Burden of Proof:
The person or its representative has the burden of proof to produce evidence that the exposure to the water caused the harm. The law outlines the standard in more specific detail.
No punitive damages are available under the claim against the United States.
An individual or representative must comply with Federal Agency Requirements before filing a lawsuit. 28 USC 2675.
Period of Filing
“(j) Applicability; Period for Filing.--
(1) Applicability.--This section shall apply only to a
claim accruing before the date of enactment of this Act.
(2) Statute of limitations.--A claim in an action under
this section may not be commenced after the later of--
(A) the date that is two years after the date of
enactment of this Act; or
(B) the date that is 180 days after the date on
which the claim is denied under section 2675 of title
28, United States Code.
(3) Inapplicability of other limitations.--Any applicable
statute of repose or statute of limitations, other than under
paragraph (2) shall not apply to a claim under this section.
Cost of the legislation estimated by the Congressional Budget Office:
"Section 804 would allow people who worked or resided at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Onslow County, North Carolina, between 1953 and 1987 to seek compensation from the federal government for physical ailments related to exposure to contaminated water. The right to file a claim would be limited to people whose illnesses manifest before the date of enactment. Implementing the section would increase spending subject to appropriation for processing and litigating claims. CBO expects that awards and settlements would be paid from the Judgment Fund, a permanent, indefinite appropriation that is available to pay monetary awards against the United States that are judicially or administratively ordered. Payments from that fund are classified as direct spending. CBO also estimates that, in addition to the amounts shown in this table [$6.1 billion], payments under the section would increase direct spending by about $15 billion after 2031. "
Public Law No: 117-168 (08/10/2022)
Related Posts on Camp Lejeune Water Contamination:
FACT SHEET: President Biden Signs the PACT Act and Delivers on His Promise to America’s Veterans 8/10/2022
Camp Lejeune Toxic Exposure 2/18/2010
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