Due to the unimaginable extent of environmental contamination with PFAS, Charleston Air Force Base ranks 10th on the top 100 list of the most polluted military bases in the country compiled by the Environmental Working Group. There is a PFAS concentration of 1,150,000 parts per trillion on the site, whereas the safe limit is 70 parts per trillion. Therefore, the problem of contamination is extremely acute. Right now, the Environmental Protection Agency is striving to remove PFAS from Charleston Air Force Base, which is currently a Superfund site.
What toxic agents are present on Charleston Air Force Base?
Charleston Air Force Base is one of the 4 military bases in South Carolina that have a severe PFAS contamination issue. The source of PFAS is aqueous film-forming foam, also referred to as AFFF, a fire suppressant employed to extinguish jet fuel and petroleum fires by military firefighters and trainees. Interestingly, AFFF was designed by the U.S. Navy and the 3M company in 1966 and has since been used by both civilian and military firefighters for class B fires.
Unfortunately, PFAS are also referred to as "forever chemicals", which means that once they are released in the environment, they persist, as they cannot break down. This makes the cleanup endeavors of the Environmental Protection Agency very challenging. While PFAS are the only toxic agent on Charleston Air Force Base, these dangerous chemicals were enough to endanger the health of members of the military and families stationed there.
What diseases can exposure to PFAS result in?
There are multiple health problems exposure to PFAS can lead to, particularly if it was prolonged or frequent. Nevertheless, the most serious is cancer, which can develop in various organs and tissues in the body. The following are the diseases PFAS exposure can cause, as well as the diagnoses that make you eligible to file a toxic exposure claim if you were stationed at Charleston Air Force Base:
It is important to mention that pregnant women who spent time at this military base and subsequently had a child with health problems are also entitled to financial compensation, which they can obtain by filing a toxic exposure claim as well. We strongly encourage everyone whose health was affected by PFAS exposure on military bases to contact our lawyers, as we specialize in toxic exposure cases and will be able to help you get the money you deserve for your distress.