The large amounts of fuel and solvents that have been spilled, along with poor disposal practices, are factors that have heavily contributed to the subsurface and groundwater contamination. However, the primary source of PFAS present at Edwards Air Force Base is AFFF, or aqueous film-forming foam, developed in the ‘60s and extensively used to put down petroleum and jet fuel fires.
According to the latest test performed in 2018, the PFAS concentration detected at Edwards Air Force Base was 277,000 parts per trillion, including PFOS, PFOA, and PFBS. The site ranks 40th on the Environmental Working Group's list of the top 100 most polluted military bases.
Edwards Air Force base is a Superfund site – a tremendous risk factor for human health and the environment. Due to the high levels of PFAS contamination that exceed the Environmental Protection Agency advisory level, service members are provided drinking water until the groundwater and soil are decontaminated. The development of a cleanup plan for Edwards Air Force Base has begun, with monitoring and control phases already in full force.
What toxic agents are contaminating Edwards Air Force Base?
Two of the most prevalent chemicals from the PFAS group present at Edwards Air Force Base are PFOS and PFOA, both carcinogenic. Everyone stationed there is at significant risk of developing severe health conditions. The following are some of the other toxic agents found at Edwards Air Force Base:
- carbon tetrachloride
Everyone stationed or living near Edwards Air Force Base may have been exposed to these hazardous substances by either inhalation or ingestion and is at risk of accumulating chemicals in the blood and developing life-threatening conditions.
What diseases can you develop from toxic exposure at Edwards Air Force Base?
Cancer is undoubtedly the most horrific disease that PFAS exposure can result in. Nevertheless, these harmful chemicals can generate other severe conditions as well. The health problems that people can develop from exposure to PFAS, as well as the diagnoses that make them eligible for compensation, are:
If you received any of these diagnoses, please give us a call right away to provide you with quality legal assistance to recover financial reparations for your suffering. PFAS exposure increases the risk of cancer and harms the development of the fetus, so if you are a woman who spent time at Edwards Air Force Base and gave birth to a child with health issues, know that you are also entitled to compensation on behalf of your child.