The PFAS level at the military facility does not exceed the current safe exposure limit. Still, the presence of these highly toxic chemicals at Parks Reserve Forces Training Area is a cause of concern, as even exposure to low concentrations can eventually cause a serious disease. According to the recently proposed safe exposure limit by the Environmental Protection Agency, the PFOS level at the military facility is high – it is 380 times over the new safe exposure limit. This is one of the most dangerous chemicals out of the PFAS group, as it has a strong connection with cancer.
What toxic agents are lurking on Parks Reserve Forces Training Area?
Currently, PFAS are the only contaminants of concern present at Parks Reserve Forces Training Area. Nevertheless, their existence alone poses a serious health threat to the service members stationed there, but also to the veterans and family members who spent time there. This is because exposure to PFAS usually results in disease within several years to several decades from the first contact with these substances. Therefore, veterans who stayed at Parks Reserve Forces Training Area should keep a close eye on their health and seek medical assistance if they experience unusual symptoms.
The source of PFAS in the environment of the military base is firefighters using AFFF, a fire suppressant used to extinguish jet fuel and petroleum fires. It contains between 50% and 98% “forever chemicals,” which makes it very dangerous. Once PFAS are present in the body, they take years to be completely eliminated, which increases the person’s risk of developing a debilitating illness. Still, a glimmer of hope for service members stationed at Camp Parks is that the Pentagon announced it will cease using AFFF and replace it with PFAS-free firefighting foam.
What diseases can you develop following toxic exposure at Parks Reserve Forces Training Area?
Toxic exposure can be responsible for a myriad of health problems. However, veterans and family members who intend to file a military base toxic exposure claim should know that only certain diagnoses might deem them entitled to compensation. This is because their disease must have a strong association with toxic exposure, which can also be supported by medical literature. The following are the diagnoses for which you can file a claim if you spent at least one cumulative year at Parks Reserve Forces Training Area:
If you have one of these qualifying diseases, you should contact our attorneys, as they have over 30 years of experience in evaluating and filing toxic exposure claims. Many of our clients are veterans in your situation, injured by exposure to hazardous substances while on active duty. The legal process is simple and will require minimal involvement on your part, as we understand that struggling with a serious disease can be physically and emotionally draining.