The PFAS level in the environment of Camp Smith exceeds the current safe exposure limit just slightly. Nevertheless, the presence of these highly toxic chemicals at the military installation should be a cause for concern, as even exposure to low concentrations can be responsible for terrible diseases among veterans. According to the recently proposed safe exposure limits for PFOS and PFOA by the Environmental Protection Agency, the level of these substances greatly exceeds the maximum limits. Specifically, the PFOS level is 2,550 times over the safe limit, while the PFOA level is 950 times over it.
What toxic agents are lurking on Camp Smith?
At the moment, PFAS are the only known contaminants of concern at Camp Smith. These chemicals ended up polluting the environment of the military base due to firefighters using AFFF, a fire suppressant that sometimes contains 98% PFAS. While it is very effective in putting out jet fuel and petroleum fires, it is highly toxic. Using AFFF is not only dangerous to the environment but also to the health of service members, as PFAS can persist inside the body for a long time following exposure.
Out of the 9,000 chemicals known as PFAS, the most toxic are PFOS and PFOA, as they have a strong association with cancer. They are both lurking in the environment of Camp Smith. Removing PFAS is a very challenging endeavor, even with the use of innovative technologies, which is why these substances are still present on hundreds of military bases nationwide. Veterans who were stationed at Camp Smith should be on the lookout for unusual symptoms.
What diseases can toxic exposure at Camp Smith cause?
Toxic exposure can be responsible for many health problems. However, veterans and family members who intend to file a claim should know that only certain diagnoses might deem them eligible for compensation. This is because their illness must have a strong connection with toxic exposure that can be supported by medical literature. The following are the diagnoses for which individuals who lived at Camp Smith for at least one cumulative year might be able to file a claim:
With over 30 years of experience, our attorneys have the necessary knowledge and resources to help you determine whether you are entitled to financial compensation if you spent time at Camp Smith. The legal process is simple and will entail minimal involvement on your part, as we understand how overwhelming and difficult struggling with one of the above diseases can be. Eligible veterans and family members will promptly have their claims filed.