For more than 60 years, Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans has supplied Navy and Naval Reserve troops with aviation intermediate maintenance, comptrollership, and personnel support services. One of the principal missions of Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans is to train Naval Reservists as well as to provide 24-hour operational, logistical, and administrative support to tenant commands and transient aircraft.
Additionally, the facility acts as a staging area for help with homeland security air defense by the Louisiana Air National Guard and search and rescue operations for a large portion of the gulf coast by the United States Coast Guard Air Station. The Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans area is home to around 10,000 Marines, Navy, Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, and Louisiana Air National Guard soldiers and their families, as well as civilian employees and retirees. The health of all of these individuals has been harmed as a consequence of their constant exposure to PFAS.
What toxic agents are present on Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans?
For decades, companies such as 3M, Chemguard, Tyco, and Dupont have marketed PFAS-based firefighting foam, which is produced using the hazardous chemicals PFOS (perfluorooctanesulfonic acid) and PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl compounds). These chemicals are generating national headlines due to the negative health consequences associated with their exposure.
The most prevalent military action that may have resulted in the release of PFOA, PFOS, and other PFAS into the environment in the past has been the use of firefighting foam, more precisely, aqueous film-forming foam, or AFFF, for testing, training, firefighting, and other life-saving emergency responses.
PFAS are emerging as a growing source of worry since they are not covered by the Safe Drinking Water Act and do not need regular water quality monitoring. Lifetime health advisories issued by the EPA are non-binding and non-regulatory, and they offer technical information to state agencies and other public health authorities about the health consequences, analytical methods, and treatment technologies related to drinking water pollution.
PFAS has been known to be harmful for decades, yet companies have continued to use them, concealing the risks, denying the toxicity, and failing to provide adequate warnings about the dangers they entail. The Environmental Litigation Group, P.C. is here to help if you were injured by PFAS exposure that occurred at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans. We will thoroughly investigate the facts of your case to establish who is responsible for your hazardous exposure and to seek the compensation to which you are entitled.
What diseases are associated with PFAS exposure?
The Environmental Protection Agency of the United States has categorized PFAS as an "emerging" and "unregulated" pollutant, which means that it is not subject to regulatory requirements. Chronic effects occur when individuals ingest a contaminant at levels over EPA’s safety standards over the course of many years.
If you are a veteran who was stationed at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans and you are concerned about your health, tell your doctor about any exposure to PFAS and any symptoms you have. PFAS chemicals have been linked to a number of serious, permanently debilitating conditions that qualify service members to file a toxic exposure claim:
If you or a loved one is suffering from a health condition associated with PFAS exposure at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans we can help you receive not only medical care but also the full amount of financial compensation to which you are entitled. If you were a military spouse, or a member of the military yourself, and served or stationed while you were pregnant on Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans, and gave birth to a child with health problems, we can assist you in obtaining the monetary compensation and medical care to which your child is legally entitled.