While the permissible and relatively safe limit of PFAS in the environment is 70 parts per trillion, the Environmental Working Group found the level of these chemicals to be 453,000 parts per trillion on Minot Air Force Base, which is very alarming. Because the extent of contamination with PFAS on the military base was so severe, the Environmental Protection Agency deemed the area a Superfund site and has been making great efforts to remove the hazardous agents from it.
What toxic agents are lurking on Minot Air Force Base?
The only contaminants whose concentration in the environment of Minot Air Force Base is above the safe limit are PFAS, whose source on the military base was the use of AFFF. This is a very efficient fire suppressant that can easily put out fires stemming from flammable liquids or gases and, interestingly, was developed by the U.S. Navy. However, because it contains a large amount of PFAS, it is highly dangerous, particularly for military firefighters and trainees. Nowadays, AFFF is widely employed by both civilian and military firefighters. The presence of just one contaminant on the site of the military base should not make you breathe a sigh of relief, as it is enough to lead to toxic exposure among the people who live there.
It is worthy of note that several other contaminants were found on Minot Air Force Base, but they are not a cause for concern, as their concentration is below the permissible limit. Nevertheless, organizations such as the Environmental Protection Agency keep a close eye on their levels, as they may increase in the near future. The other contaminants are the following:
- dibromoacetic acid
- haloacetic acids
If you spent time on Minot Air Force Base, either as a member of the military or as a family member of one, we advise you to pay close attention to your health and undergo periodic medical examinations, as your risk of developing a serious disease is high. It is extremely important to let your doctor know that you have a history of toxic exposure, as if they have this information, they will know exactly what to look for when evaluating your health. In the regrettable case that you received a terrible diagnosis, please contact our law firm to recover the compensation you deserve.
What are the health issues exposure to PFAS on Minot Air Force Base can lead to?
Toxic exposure has a very strong connection with cancer, and, thereby, people who were stationed at Minot Air Force Base have a great chance to develop it. There are numerous malignant diseases exposure to these harmful agents can result in, depending on where the highest concentration of PFAS is in the body. Nonetheless, exposure to PFAS can cause other diseases as well. The following is a complete list of the health issues you can experience as a consequence of PFAS exposure, as well as the diagnoses that qualify you for compensation:
If you had the misfortune of being diagnosed with one of these harrowing diseases, please contact our resourceful legal team, who will assist you with filing a toxic exposure claim. This process will require minimal involvement on your part, as we are aware that people with such awful health problems need plenty of time to rest, take care of themselves, and undergo treatment. Lastly, if you were pregnant during your stay at Minot Air Force Base and your baby was born with a health issue, you should also give us a call, as you can recover compensation for your child.