Camp Johnson Army National Guard Base claims

Camp Johnson in Colchester is the major base for the Vermont National Guard. In the early 1970s, Army sites around the nation, including Camp Johnson Army National Guard Base, started utilizing PFAS foams in fire-training exercises and continued to do so until a few years ago. The toxins from that time are still present and may remain so indefinitely. A significant concentration of PFAS chemicals was detected 800 feet southwest of the Camp Johnson Army National Guard Base. The tests discovered 84.3 parts per trillion (ppt) of total PFAS, including 37.8 ppt of the five state-regulated compounds (PFOA, PFOS, PFHxS, PFHpA, and PFNA). PFAS chemicals are enduring due to the long chains of carbon molecules that define them. They are resistant to degradation and hence will stay in the environment for decades to come. If you were stationed at Camp Johnson Army National Guard Base and developed a disease that may have been caused by PFAS exposure, we highly encourage you to get in touch with our legal team to see whether you qualify for compensation.

Claim Application

The Vermont General Assembly approved the acquisition of a part of Fort Ethan Allen in 1894 to be used as a National Guard training facility. As part of its preparations for the Spanish-American War, the 1st Vermont Infantry Regiment mustered there in 1898. The State Military Reservation was renamed Camp Olympia in honor of Vermonter George Dewey's flagship. The Vermont National Guard seized over in 1900. The State Military Reservation was renamed Camp Olympia after the flagship of George Dewey, a U.S. naval commander. It was subsequently named after succeeding Governors and was used for individual and unit training as well as mobilization staging. In 1945, the State Reservation was renamed Camp Johnson in honor of Herbert T. Johnson, Vermont's second-longest-serving adjutant general, who oversaw the state's military during and after World Wars I and II.

A PFAS Preliminary Assessment at Camp Johnson Army National Guard Base was undertaken to determine probable PFAS release locations and receptor exposure routes. Strong evidence that a local cable manufacturer polluted Camp Johnson with PFAS was found. Between 1966 and 1977, liquid wastes including lubricating solutions, degreasing solvents, and liquid corrosives were discharged onto the ground outside the structure, particularly along the plant's eastbound path and in a northeastern location known as the "sandpit". It has been discovered that certain production procedures make use of PFAS.

What contaminants are present on Camp Johnson Army National Guard Base?

The Army denies the site's contamination and blames a neighboring property owner for the PFAS contamination identified on the facility, according to the April 2019 Preliminary Assessment Report. No areas of concern were found during the Preliminary Assessment due to the verified absence (1988-present) of the use or emission of PFAS-containing products at Camp Johnson, as recorded in the report. If the CERCLA procedure is not initiated, the PFAS contamination at Camp Johnson will not be examined or properly cleaned up.

Camp Johnson transported 1,000 drum loads of aqueous film-forming foam containing PFAS to the Norlite facility in Cohoes, NY, on November 27, 2019. This information calls into question the Army's statement that no PFAS-containing products have been used or released on base since 1988. PFAS contamination has infiltrated the ground and scattered in plumes over several kilometers, according to surveys at military installations owned or operated by the United States Armed Forces.

What illnesses you may be at risk of developing as a result of toxic exposure at Camp Johnson?

Aqueous film-forming foam covers flammable substances such as petroleum and natural gas, preventing oxygen from reaching the fire and suffocating it. However, the same substances - PFOA and PFOS - that made AFFF so efficient are now recognized to be harmful, and producing AFFF with those compounds became outlawed in the early 2000s in the United States. PFAS chemicals have the potential to contaminate drinking water sources in the vicinity of facilities that use the chemicals in question. Contamination with PFAS has been identified in the water near manufacturing units, military bases, and firefighting training facilities that employ PFAS-containing foam.

Exposure to PFAS chemicals may be harmful to one's health. Because of their propensity to interfere with hormone systems, they are classified as endocrine-disrupting substances in the scientific community. High-risk individuals for negative health effects include those exposed to high amounts of PFAS and vulnerable populations such as children and the elderly. PFAS are transferred from mother to child in the womb, and the PFAS load on the body rises as a result of the bioaccumulation of these chemicals.

The following are the ailments that may be caused by PFAS exposure, as well as the diagnosis that entitles you to file a claim:

Our legal experts are dedicated to providing exceptional legal support to victims of toxic exposure, assisting those suffering from a related disease in obtaining the compensation they deserve. If you were stationed at Camp Johnson Army National Guard Base and are now struggling with such a health issue, you may count on us to be your most reliable ally in pursuing financial compensation. Additionally, our lawyers are here to assist mothers of children with birth defects from exposure to toxic fluorinated chemicals at Camp Johnson during pregnancy.

Please get in touch with our legal office for further information, and we will consider your case

Our experienced legal team has been pursuing compensation for toxic exposure victims, including military personnel and their families, for more than two decades. If you have been diagnosed with a condition that is associated with PFAS exposure, you should contact us since we have the expertise to assist you in filing a toxic exposure claim. All we will need from you are your military records, which you will have to retrieve, and your medical records. After a comprehensive examination of your case, we will begin drafting your claim for submission, if we conclude that you are eligible for compensation.