As a group of over 9,000 toxic chemicals, PFAS are currently present on nearly all military bases nationwide, including Schriever Air Force Base. The level of these contaminants on the military base is 870,000 ppt, eclipsing the safe exposure limit by over 12,000 times. Exposure to PFAS can result in numerous terrible diseases, including many forms of cancer. The source of these chemicals on the military facility is firefighters using AFFF, a fire suppressant that sometimes contains 98% PFAS. Not only do these substances persist in the environment, but they also remain in the body for a long time following exposure.
What toxic agents are present on Schriever Air Force Base?
At the moment, PFAS are the only known contaminants at Schriever Air Force Base. While there might be other toxic agents lurking on the military base, they have not been identified yet. The military facility is not a Superfund site, which means that the Environmental Protection Agency is not addressing the issue of toxic contamination. Out of the PFAS group, PFOS and PFOA are the most known and the most dangerous, as they have the strongest connection with cancer.
While the current safe exposure limit to PFAS is 70 ppt, the Environmental Protection Agency has recently proposed substantially lower safe limits – for PFOS, 0.02 ppt, and for PFOA, 0.004 ppt. Ultimately, the agency wants the limits to be as close as possible to zero, as a growing body of medical research has shown how toxic these chemicals are. According to the proposed limits, the PFOS level exceeds it by 30 million times, whereas the PFOA level is 27.5 million times at Schriever Air Force Base.
What diseases can you develop following toxic exposure at Schriever Air Force Base?
Toxic exposure on military bases can result in many diseases, but veterans who intend to file a claim should know that only certain diagnoses can make them eligible. This is because only some diseases have a strong association with toxic exposure, and this association should also be supported by medical evidence. Even if you have one of the qualifying diagnoses, you might still not be entitled to compensation, as there are other criteria you have to meet. The following is the complete list of diagnoses for which veterans might be eligible to file a military base toxic exposure claim if they spent at last 1 cumulative year at the military base:
With over 30 years of experience in pursuing compensation for toxic exposure victims, our skilled attorneys are ready to offer you the assistance you need in filing your claim. If you are a veteran who spent time at Schriever Air Force Base and developed one of the diseases above, you are likely eligible to file a claim. We have the necessary experience, resources, and knowledge to help you determine whether you are entitled to compensation for your injury.