On September 12, 2019, the Environmental Working Group found moderate contamination with PFAS on 7 military installations in Arizona, including Fort Huachuca. The other military bases whose environment was polluted with these dangerous chemicals are Yuma Proving Ground, Silverbell Army Heliport, Camp Navajo, Camp Florence, the Buckeye Training Site, and the Picacho Aviation Training Site. The permissible limit of PFAS in the environment in certain states ranges between 11 and 20 parts per trillion. This is a much lower allowable level of PFAS than that of the Environmental Protection Agency, which is 70 parts per trillion. At Fort Huachuca, the concentration of PFAS in the environment is currently 26.5 parts per trillion, which poses a significant danger to the health of the people who live there.
What toxic agents are contaminating the premises of Fort Huachuca?
Right now, PFAS are the primary contaminant of concern on Fort Huachuca, as a high concentration of these chemicals in your blood significantly increases your chances of developing a terrible disease. The source of PFAS on this military base, as well as on the other 700, is the use of AFFF by military firefighters and trainees to extinguish petroleum and jet fuel fires. AFFF is a very effective fire suppressant that was, surprisingly, invented by the U.S. Navy, but because it contains large amounts of PFAS, it is also highly dangerous, particularly to military firefighters who have to employ it on a regular basis.
The other toxic agents that were found to be present on the premises of Fort Huachuca by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality are the following:
- organochlorine pesticides
- heavy metals
- volatile organic compounds
- munitions constituents
- petroleum hydrocarbons
- military munitions and explosives of concern
Multiple hazardous agents contaminating Fort Huachuca is a cause for concern, as this only worsens the extent of toxic exposure among members of the military and civilians who live on the base. Both exposure to PFAS and exposure to the other toxic agents are correlated with a high risk of cancer, among other serious health problems. Therefore, if you were stationed or worked there, you should keep a close eye on your health by undergoing periodical medical examinations and informing your healthcare provider about your history of toxic exposure.
What health issues can PFAS exposure cause in people who spent time at Fort Huachuca?
Undoubtedly, the most harrowing health problem exposure to PFAS can result in over the years is cancer, which can develop on multiple organs and tissues in the body, depending on where the highest concentration of these chemicals is located. Nevertheless, PFAS exposure can also cause other health issues, which are serious as well. The following are all the diseases you can come to suffer from due to PFAS exposure, as well as the diagnoses that qualify you for filing a claim:
It is worthy of note that exposure to PFAS takes several years to several decades to trigger a disease, as they cause damage to the body gradually. The greater the concentration of PFAS in your blood, the more susceptible you are to developing a disease. Since PFAS are also known as "forever chemicals", they do not break down in the environment, and they cannot be eliminated by our bodies either. If you were pregnant during your stay at Fort Huachuca and your child was born with a health issue, you should consider giving our law firm a call, too, as you can recover compensation on behalf of your baby.