The secretary of the Navy is denying all remaining civil claims by individuals exposed to contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, leaving roughly 4,500 plaintiffs with claims of more than $963 billion in damages with no cash payouts.
In an exclusive interview with NBC News, Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer defended the decision, saying the law does not support the claims.
“There is no legal way for the Department of the Navy” to pay damages in these cases, Spencer said. “We are denying the claims to free everybody to take their own course of action.”
Spencer acknowledged this will be “tremendously difficult” for the veterans and their families, who will have little chance of receiving a large monetary payout for their losses. Individuals have six months to appeal the decision.
Cube, Kourtney. NBC News. Navy to deny all claims related to Camp Lejeune water contamination, Jan 24, 2019.