As of 2019, the Department of Defense is looking at 651 military installations that may have been exposed to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) during training exercises or simply taking a shower. According to research, exposure to PFAS can hurt the health of both humans and animals.
When the department has confirmed the quantity and locations, he said, it will name the affected facilities, so if you’re wondering about the military sites that have been contaminated with PFAS, you may have to wait until the department provides a more detailed list.
Moreover, according to Robert McMahon, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment, more sites, including National Guard installations, have been found due to ongoing Department of Defense efforts to identify areas with potentially hazardous amounts of PFAS chemicals.
PFAS chemicals are a man-made or synthetic group of chemicals. They may be long-chain (which typically causes what is referred to as legacy PFAS contamination) or short-chain. However, both show similar levels of toxicity.
The fact that PFAS substances are referred to as “forever chemicals” is one of the factors contributing to their controversy. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, PFAS compounds are particularly resistant to degradation due to their chemical nature.
People in military bases and nearby areas may consume PFAS in a number of ways, including through contaminated water sources. Unfortunately, PFAS exposure can cause several health problems.
Aqueous film-forming foam (AFFF), a type of firefighting foam created by the Defense Department in the 60s and initially mandated by the Marine Corps and the Navy in 1967, is the main source of PFAS in military areas.
In addition to containing PFOS, AFFF can degrade into PFOA and other hazardous PFAS substances.
People are exposed to PFAS chemicals in drinking water, contaminated soil, and other sources at military sites.
According to the Environmental Working Group, several sites with the highest PFAS detections in the country are military facilities or close by. PFAS was detected at 14 locations with over 1 million parts per trillion, much higher than the 70 ppt EPA guideline standard.
Since tests by the Navy and Air Force first revealed that aqueous film forming foam (AFFF) was hazardous to fish in the early 1970s, Pentagon authorities have been aware of its risks.
The manufacturer of the fluoridated compound PFOS, the primary component in AFFF, fled the market in the early 2000s.
Moreover, the Air Force Base performed its own animal experiments on AFFF in the early 1980s. According to a Defense Department memorandum from 2001, the primary component of AFFF was toxic.
You could have come encountered PFAS substances in a number of different ways. This includes exposure to contaminated drinking water, organisms found in PFAS-contaminated environments, and dust or contaminated soil.
According to the Environmental Working Group, PFAS chemicals are used in a range of consumer products, so PFAS exposure may not be as uncommon as you might this.
The following items may include PFAS chemicals:
Consuming contaminated drinking water can cause a number of long-term effects on the human body, including:
If you suspect you have been exposed to one of the affected military bases, you might be eligible for compensation from the VA.
You may be eligible for compensation if you:
PFAS exposure causes health-related concerns, so what can a Paul Ehline Ride do to help? The truth is that these forever chemicals can have grave consequences that often warrant several trips to the doctor and may even cost you your job.
If you think that PFAS exposure at a military facility has caused you or a loved one to become ill, Paul Ehline Ride might be able to:
Here are some of the reasons why you should choose us to represent you:
If you have been exposed to PFAS chemicals, let us help you regain your life with love, support, and help from experts. While seeking compensation cannot compensate for your pain, it can offer the financial support you need for your medical treatment.
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