The environment of Beale Air Force Base was found to have a concentration of 200,000 parts per trillion PFAS, which greatly exceeds the permissible limit of 70 parts per trillion set by the Environmental Protection Agency. Some health organizations claim that even 1 part per trillion of these hazardous chemicals is dangerous, which is why members of the military and their families who were stationed there should pay close attention to how they are feeling and seek medical assistance as soon as they notice unusual symptoms.
What contaminants of concern are present on Beale Air Force Base?
Beale Air Force Base was deemed a Superfund site by the Environmental Protection Agency due to the high levels of PFAS contaminating the environment of the military base and endangering the health of everyone who spends more than a couple of months there. The main source of PFAS on the premises of the military base is the employment of AFFF by military firefighters and trainees to put out jet fuel and petroleum fires, which are common on U.S. Air Force bases. Nevertheless, this fire suppressant, which was developed by the U.S. Navy and the notorious 3M company in 1966, contains large amounts of PFAS. It goes without saying that the most susceptible people to developing a serious disease are military firefighters.
Recently, the Environmental Working Group found another contaminant on Beale Air Force Base, namely perchlorate. It is the main explosive ingredient in rocket and missile fuel, and on this military base, the source of this chemical is past titan missile production. To make matters worse, the organization found perchlorate lurking on military bases in 42 other states. One of the health effects of severe exposure to perchlorate is irreparable damage to the thyroid gland, which can no longer absorb the essential nutrient iodide or produce vital hormones. For this reason, the extent of toxic exposure on Beale Air Force Base is very serious, and the Environmental Protection Agency is doing as much as it can to mitigate the problem of contamination.
What diseases can exposure to PFAS cause in people who stayed at Beale Air Force Base?
It is essential to know that only health issues stemming from PFAS exposure make you eligible for compensation if you were stationed at Beale Air Force Base. By far, the most terrible disease exposure to PFAS can cause is cancer, which can develop on numerous organs and tissues in the body, depending on where the highest concentration of these chemicals is. The following are the health problems you can experience as a result of exposure to PFAS, as well as the diagnoses that qualify you for compensation:
If you had the misfortune of being assigned one of these diagnoses, you should give our legal team a call, and they will help you file a toxic exposure claim so that you can benefit from the financial compensation you deserve for your suffering. Another crucial aspect you should be aware of is that if you spent time at Beale Air Force Base while you were pregnant and subsequently had a child with health problems, you can also recover compensation on behalf of your baby by filing a toxic exposure claim as well.