The chemicals in the water at Camp Lejeune were chlorinated solvents, pesticides, and heavy metals. Chlorinated solvents were used as biocide to kill bacteria and fungi. They were also used as disinfectants, but they’re very irritating to human skin and can cause damage to your internal organs if you drink them in large quantities. Pesticides are chemicals used to kill insects or other pests that could be harmful to plants or animals. Pesticides are incredibly toxic, so it’s important not to put them into your body. They can be carcinogenic if you inhale or eat them.
Heavy metals are toxic substances that come from natural sources like soil and rocks, but they’re also found in industrial processes like manufacturing and mining. Heavy metals can harm your health in many ways: they may cause cancer or lead to Alzheimer’s disease; they may affect your ability to think clearly; they may interfere with the way your body functions (like your nervous system).