The current level of PFAS at KI Sawyer Air Force Base is 176,910 ppt, which exceeds the safe exposure limit by over 2,500 times. Exposure to these harmful chemicals may result in cancer. The reason why PFAS are often dubbed “forever chemicals” is that they persist in the environment for a very long time. Similarly, once in the body, they usually take years to be eliminated. KI Sawyer Air Force Base is a Superfund site at the moment, but it is not on the National Priorities List, which means no cleanup activities are currently performed at the site.
What toxic agents are present on KI Sawyer Air Force Base?
Although there might have been other toxic agents lurking on KI Sawyer Air Force Base, today, the only known contaminants are PFAS. In addition to military firefighters using AFFF to extinguish fires and in training operations, other sources of contamination with these chemicals were several plane crash sites and landfills. At the plane crash sites, AFFF was used to put out fires, whereas, at the landfills, AFFF waste was disposed of.
Out of the countless PFAS, the most studied and known are PFOS and PFOA, which also have the strongest association with cancer and other serious health problems. While military firefighters have the highest risk of developing a terrible disease, everyone who was stationed at KI Sawyer Air Force Base is now at risk of coming to struggle with cancer, as exposure was inevitable. PFAS are dangerous even in small amounts, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
What diseases can you develop following toxic exposure at KI Sawyer Air Force Base?
Veterans who intend to file a military base toxic exposure claim should know that only certain diagnoses make them eligible for compensation. Even though toxic exposure can result in numerous health problems, only some diseases have a strong connection with it, which can also be supported by medical evidence. The following is the complete list of diagnoses that might deem a veteran entitled to compensation if they spent at least 1 cumulative year at the military base:
If you have one of the above diseases and spent time at KI Sawyer Air Force Base, do not hesitate to contact our attorneys, as they have been handling toxic exposure cases for over 30 years. They will help you determine whether you are eligible to file a claim and, if you are, go to great lengths to obtain the compensation you deserve for your unjust suffering.