Camp Ripley claims

The Minnesota National Guard's Camp Ripley, located near Little Falls in central Minnesota, is one of several military facilities throughout the country that has been contaminated by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Chemical firefighting foams used to battle aviation fuel fires are the primary source of PFAS contamination, according to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. If you are a former service member or a family member of a veteran and developed a disease as a consequence of exposure to PFAS while on active duty at Camp Ripley, we recommend you to reach out to our lawyers, who specialize in toxic exposure, as you may be entitled to compensation. Seeking compensation is critical, as not only will you get a substantial amount of money to assist you to pay the necessary treatment, but the process of filing a toxic exposure claim will also hold the responsible parties accountable.

Claim Application

Camp Ripley was established in 1931 as a Minnesota National Guard training facility. Previously, the location was known as Fort Ripley, which was inhabited by the Army from 1949 until 1977. It functioned as a training facility for thousands of soldiers during World War II. To accommodate winter training, base staff extended the facility to incorporate permanent troop housing. As of today, Camp Ripley continues to serve as a training site for troops from the Minnesota National Guard, with a particular emphasis on small weapons and small tank training as well as winter warfare, combat support, engineering, aviation, and armor.

Aqueous film-forming foam has been manufactured by numerous companies for many years. The companies knew about the health risks associated with PFAS for decades, however, they continued to produce and sell the AFFF products to fire departments, airports, and industries. The highest levels of PFAS pollutants have been found near hundreds of military installations across the nation, including Camp Ripley, where the firefighting foam was used for training and for emergency responses.

What toxic agents are contaminating Camp Ripley?

According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a non-profit organization that empowers people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment, groundwater at a Minnesota National Guard facility was contaminated with various types of toxic chemicals, including two of the most popular fluorochemicals, PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) and PFOS (perfluorooctane sulfonic acid). The site in question is Camp Ripley, a 53,000-acre, state-owned military base managed by the Minnesota Department of Military Affairs. The detections occurred in 2017.

However, while Camp Ripley did not contain PFAS levels exceeding the Environmental Protection Agency's lifetime health advisory of 70 parts per trillion, the EPA's advisory threshold is more than 70 times higher than the 1 part per trillion safety limit discovered by several independent studies and endorsed by the Environmental Working Group. Some jurisdictions have established restrictions ranging from 11 to 20 ppt.

The levels of PFAS detected at Camp Ripley were far higher than 1 ppt. The concentration of PFAS measured was 18.39 ppt. Known as "forever chemicals" due to their inability to degrade in the environment or living tissue, PFAS are known to have severe health consequences in humans, including low birth weights and cancer, though the exact levels at which they are harmful are still up for debate among scientists.

In addition to PFAS, several semi-volatile organic compounds are also contaminating the environment of this Minnesota National Guard-operated military training site, such as:

  • hydrocarbons
  • aldehydes
  • ethers
  • esters
  • phenols
  • organic acids
  • ketones
  • amines
  • amides
  • nitroaromatics
  • PCBs

When these hazardous chemicals are not handled correctly or disposed of appropriately, they may represent a considerable risk to anybody who comes into contact with them.

What diseases can exposure to PFAS on Camp Ripley lead to?

In the past decade, PFAS substances have been linked to a variety of health problems as well as environmental contamination. The PFAS concentration detected at Camp Ripley is much greater than most experts think is safe for the military personnel and civilians who work and train at the facility, as well as those who reside nearby. The following is a comprehensive list of health issues associated with PFAS exposure, as well as the diagnoses that qualify military members and their families for compensation:

If you have been diagnosed with one of these conditions, you should contact our team of legal experts. They will assist you in filing a toxic exposure claim and obtaining the financial compensation you deserve for your suffering. Additionally, if you resided at Camp Ripley while you were pregnant as a female member of the military or wife of a service member, and your baby was born with a birth defect, we advise you to contact our attorneys as well, as you can recover financial compensation on behalf of your child.

If you or a family member is suffering from the effects of PFAS exposure, we can help you

We advocate for our men and women in uniform who served on active duty at military installations with high levels of PFAS contamination, assisting them in getting the compensation they deserve. For further information on whether you qualify for a claim, please contact us at any time for a no-obligation consultation. We'll review your case, explain the next steps, and promptly begin working on your behalf. Our more than 25-year experience with toxic exposure cases, paired with a client-centered approach, makes us highly suited to assist you with PFAS-related matters.