In 2017, the Environmental Working Group found a staggering concentration of PFAS on Altus Air Force Base of 1,150,000 parts per trillion, whereas the permissible limit is only 70 parts per trillion. The military base ranks 9th on the top 100 list of the most contaminated military bases in the country. This means that the issue of PFAS exposure is extremely acute.
What dangerous contaminants are lurking on Altus Air Force Base?
The presence of astounding concentrations of PFAS in the air, soil, and groundwater of Altus Air Force Base prompted the Environmental Protection Agency to deem the military base a Superfund site. There are intense cleanup operations that are currently taking place on the site. If you wonder how these hazardous chemicals ended up polluting Altus Air Force Base, the answer is simple: AFFF. This fire suppressant has been used by military firefighters and trainees to put out petroleum and jet fuel fires since 1966 when it was developed by the U.S. Navy and the 3M company. Although it is very effective, it contains tremendous amounts of PFAS that, once released in the environment, persist, as they are also known as "forever chemicals".
Other contaminants of concern that were found by the Environmental Working Group on the military base include the following:
- dibromoacetic acid
- haloacetic acids
- nitrate and nitrite
- trichloroacetic acid
The existence of so many harmful agents on Altus Air Force Base exacerbates the extent of toxic exposure among people who are stationed there, greatly increasing their risk of developing a serious disease, as most of these contaminants have a strong connection with cancer. If you spent time at this military base, it is highly recommended to undergo periodical medical examinations so that your doctor can timely find a potential health problem.
What diseases can exposure to PFAS on military bases cause?
Cancer is the most terrible disease one can develop as a consequence of PFAS exposure, and it can grow on multiple organs and tissues in the body, depending on where the highest concentration of these toxic chemicals has accumulated. Nonetheless, you can come to struggle with other health issues if you were exposed to PFAS. The following is a complete list of diseases you can develop if you were stationed at Altus Air Force Base, as well as the diagnoses that qualify you for filing a claim:
If you received one of these diagnoses and have a history of PFAS exposure in the military, please contact our experienced attorneys, as you are most likely entitled to financial compensation. With over 25 years of experience in handling toxic exposure cases, they will provide you with the assistance you need to obtain the money you deserve for your suffering. Lastly, if you are a woman who was pregnant while staying at Altus Air Force Base and had a child with health problems, you should also give us a call, as you can file a claim for your baby.