In addition to PFAS, other harmful substances lurked on Camp Navajo, which only worsened the degree of toxic exposure among service members. While the PFOS and PFOA level at the military base is below the current safe exposure limit, they exceed the recently proposed maximum limits of the Environmental Protection Agency. According to these safety limits, which were proposed in the summer of 2022, the PFOS level exceeds the safe limit by 885 times, whereas the PFOA level eclipses it by 950 times.
What toxic agents are present on Camp Navajo?
Although PFAS are the most concerning toxic agents present on Camp Navajo, other contaminants of concern were lurking there, exacerbating toxic exposure among those living on the military base. In 1994, the following hazardous chemicals were found at Camp Navajo:
- semi-volatile organics
- heavy metals
Still, in 2016, munitions and explosives of concern, munitions debris, and contaminated soils were removed, and so were surface and subsurface munitions and munitions debris in the buffer area surrounding the open burning/open detonation facility. Even so, the environment of Camp Navajo is not completely safe at the moment due to the existence of PFAS.
What diseases can you develop following toxic exposure at Camp Navajo?
Even though toxic exposure can cause numerous diseases, veterans and family members who are seeking compensation should know that only certain diagnoses might deem them eligible to file a claim. Because their illness must have a strong association with toxic exposure that can also be supported by medical evidence, only the following diagnoses can make you entitled to financial compensation if you spent at least one cumulative year at Camp Navajo:
If you struggle with one of the above diseases and lived at Camp Navajo as a veteran or a family member of one, we encourage you to get in touch with our experienced attorneys. Many of our clients are veterans in your situation, and we have been providing quality legal assistance to toxic exposure victims for over 30 years. The legal process will require minimal involvement on your part, as we understand that suffering from a serious disease can be very overwhelming.