Myrtle Beach Air Force Base claims

Located in South Carolina, Myrtle Beach Air Force Base was founded in 1939 because the Myrtle Beach Town Council urgently needed a municipal airport. They purchased 135 acres for $35 per acre from Myrtle Beach Farms, Inc. The airport was originally named Harrelson Municipal Airport. In the year 1940, the U.S. Army Air Corps wanted to use the area for training pilots and subsequently took over the airport. However, in 1993, the air force base was closed after the National Defense Authorization Act. Because members of the military used tremendous amounts of aqueous film-forming foam, commonly known as AFFF, during their training, the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base was heavily contaminated with PFAS, a group of toxic fluorinated chemicals. If you were stationed at this military base and came to struggle with a disease resulting from exposure to PFAS, you may be entitled to financial compensation, which our skillful attorneys will help you recover.

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In 1943, the military base became Myrtle Beach Army Air Field; however, in 1947, after the war ended, the site was deactivated, returned to the city, and became Myrtle Beach Municipal Airport. Finally, in 1954, the area was named Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, and the U.S. Air Force took it over. Numerous old buildings on the site were torn down, and the military base was modernized. In 2010, the U.S. Air Force transferred Myrtle Beach Air Force Base to the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base Redevelopment Authority. Closing Myrtle Beach Air Force Base was estimated to bring about the loss of over 5,000 jobs, the selling of 1,500 homes, 15% fewer students attended the school areas, the unemployment rate reached 20%, and $91 million losses in taxes and other revenues were reported.

Nevertheless, approximately 20 years after the military base was shut down, the 3,937 acres that made up Myrtle Beach Air Force Base came to include over 1,200 homes, several parks, and sports facilities, one of the American Red Cross headquarters, a VA clinic, new terminals at Myrtle Beach International Airport and The Market Common, a retail complex.

The issue of PFAS contamination at Myrtle Beach Air Force Base

Since 1970, aqueous film-forming foam, also known as AFFF, has been used by military trainees and firefighters to extinguish jet fuel and petroleum fires. However, it is essential to know that this fire suppressant contains large amounts of PFAS, a group of highly dangerous chemicals known as forever contaminants. They are challenging to remove from the environment.

Unfortunately, Myrtle Beach Air Force Base is no exception since the U.S. Air Force members used AFFF on this site as well, causing heavy contamination that endangered the health of everyone who was stationed there before the military base was closed.

In 2019, a study found tremendous concentrations of PFAS on the site and three other South Carolina military bases, namely Shaw Air Force Base, Joint Base Charleston, and the North Auxiliary Airfield. The levels of PFAS found on Myrtle Beach Air Force Base greatly exceeded the permissible limit set by the Environmental Protection Agency. 

Alarmingly, South Carolina is far from being the only state with heavily polluted military bases, as military members have abundantly used AFFF throughout the country. Consequently, there are now over 700 military sites where PFAS are lurking, and the Environmental Protection Agency is currently striving to clean up these areas. “This is a nationwide public health issue that is not being treated like one. This is a problem that demands a concerted, urgent federal effort to stop the contamination where it is and to notify communities who live nearby,” said Genna Reed, a policy analyst with the Union of Concerned Scientists who followed an increasing number of bases that were found out to be contaminated with PFAS.

On the bright side, the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base was awarded by the Environmental Protection Agency the National Federal Facility Excellence in Site Reuse. The site was successfully turned into a flourishing commercial and industrial space. Nevertheless, people who were stationed at Myrtle Beach Air Force Base need to keep a close eye on their health, as they are at high risk of developing serious diseases due to exposure to PFAS.

What diseases can one develop as a result of toxic exposure at Myrtle Beach Air Force Base?

If you were exposed to PFAS, your likelihood of coming to struggle with serious diseases and health issues is significant. However, your health may be affected several years after you were exposed to PFAS, as some of the health problems caused by exposure to these toxic chemicals take more time to develop.

The following are only some of the diseases and health problems you or the family members you were stationed with at Myrtle Beach Air Force Base are at high risk of developing as a consequence of PFAS exposure, as well as the diagnoses that make you eligible for seeking compensation:

In the unfortunate case that you or one of your family members who was stationed at Myrtle Beach Air Force Base with you came to struggle with one of these health problems, get in touch with our law firm.

We specialize in toxic exposure cases and will be able to help you obtain the financial compensation you deserve for your suffering. In addition, we will file a claim on your behalf and a VA claim if you are a veteran, which will result in you benefiting from the largest sum of money available for your diagnosis.

Quality legal assistance for people injured by toxic exposure at Myrtle Beach Air Force Base

Those who have been stationed at Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, either alone or with their family, and developed a disease due to PFAS exposure are eligible for compensation, which our law firm will help you recover. Since 1990, we have been helping toxic exposure victims gather compensation, so our legal team is bound to provide you with quality legal assistance. Although the legal process is quite complex, it will require minimal involvement on your part, as you will need to send us your military records, which you must retrieve, and your medical records.

Furthermore, if one of your family members was stationed with you at Myrtle Beach Air Force Base and came to struggle with a health problem due to exposure to PFAS, they are also entitled to compensation. Seeking legal assistance if you are in this unfortunate situation will greatly help you, as the compensation you will receive will help you afford superior healthcare and treatment. Since we work on a contingency basis, working with our law firm is free of charge unless we recover compensation on your behalf.