The military base is operated by the United States Space Force and is owned by the Department of Defense. Recently, Peterson Air Force Base was deemed a Superfund site by the Environmental Protection Agency, as the military base is heavily contaminated with PFAS, a group of hazardous chemicals that stem from the use of AFFF to put out class B fires. According to estimates, over $50 million was spent by the agency for the cleanup of the site so far and the process of removing PFAS from the military base is still ongoing.
If you were stationed at Peterson Air Force Base after 1970, when the employment of AFFF became prevalent and came to struggle with a disease as a consequence of toxic exposure, please contact our attorneys to recover the financial compensation you deserve for your injury.
What toxic agents were present on Peterson Air Force Base?
The PFAS stemming from the use of AFFF were the only pollutant at Peterson Air Force Base. However, due to the high prevalence of this group of chemicals on the site, exposure was inevitable, which is why today, many veterans are struggling with terrible diseases. Two of the most studied contaminants from this group are PFOS and PFOA, both known as forever chemicals, meaning that once they are released into the environment, they remain there forever.
Nevertheless, the Environmental Protection Agency found a way to remove PFAS from military bases such as Peterson Air Force Base. The reason why military personnel would use AFFF to extinguish petroleum and jet fuel fires is that this fire suppressant was very effective, despite the carcinogenic substances it contains. Today, veterans who are the victims of toxic exposure can recover the compensation they deserve by filing a personal injury claim with the help of a specialized attorney. Similarly, the family members of the veterans who stayed with them at Peterson Air Force Base and became ill due to toxic exposure are also entitled to compensation.
What diseases can you develop following toxic exposure at Peterson Air Force Base?
A wide range of diseases, especially cancer, have been correlated with exposure to PFAS. Exposure to these chemicals occurs by inhalation or ingestion and once inside the body, they can easily travel to various organs and tissues through the bloodstream and the lymphatic system.
The following are the diseases that have a definitive causal relation with exposure to PFAS, as well as the diagnoses that make you eligible for filing a personal injury claim:
It is essential to know that, if you have any other cancer, you are still eligible for seeking compensation, as exposure to PFAS is known to cause malignant diseases. Thereby, regardless of what type of cancer you suffer from, we strongly encourage you to contact our attorneys, who will thoroughly review your case and help you recover the money you deserve for your injury from the responsible party.