Naval Air Station Chase Field was deemed a Superfund site by the Environmental Protection Agency due to severe contamination with multiple toxic agents, including PFAS, and the cleanup of the military base was completed in 1986. After Naval Air Station Chase Field was closed, it was redeveloped into Chase Field Industrial Complex. Nowadays, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice supervises a series of facilities that are collectively known as Chase Field Criminal Justice Center in the area.
What toxic agents were lurking on Naval Air Station Chase Field?
The group of dangerous chemicals known as PFAS was the primary contaminant on Naval Air Station Chase Field, as military firefighters and trainees would frequently use AFFF, a fire suppressant, to put out petroleum and jet fuel fires. AFFF contains a high concentration of PFAS, and once these chemicals are released in the environment, they persist, as they are "forever chemicals". Similarly, if you are exposed to PFAS via inhalation or ingestion, they will not be eliminated by your body, which can lead to serious diseases over the years.
Other noteworthy toxic agents that were once present on Naval Air Station Chase Field include the following:
- fuel products
- radioactive materials
- lead paint
- polychlorinated biphenyls
While exposure to these hazardous agents was minimal, as the U.S. Navy made sure to take adequate precautions to prevent it, some people who were stationed on Naval Air Station Chase Field still came in contact with one or more of them. This only exacerbates the extent of toxic exposure and contributes to a greater susceptibility of former members of the military to developing terrible health problems.
What diseases can exposure to PFAS on military bases cause?
Without a doubt, the most harrowing disease significant exposure to PFAS can result in is cancer, which can affect numerous organs and tissues in the body, depending on where the highest concentration of these dangerous chemicals is. The following are the health issues exposure to PFAS can cause, as well as the diagnoses that make you eligible to file a toxic exposure claim if you were stationed at Naval Air Station Chase Field:
If you had the misfortune of receiving one of these diagnoses, we strongly advise you to reach out to our attorneys, as they specialize in toxic exposure cases and will help you recover the financial compensation you deserve for your physical and emotional distress. Lastly, if you were pregnant while you were staying at Naval Air Station Chase Field and gave birth to a baby with health problems, you can also file a claim for your child.