Also known as "forever chemicals," PFAS are emerging contaminants, and some persist in the environment for over a thousand years. Out of the 9,000 substances that make up the PFAS group, PFOA and PFOS and the most dangerous, as they have a strong connection with cancer. The PFAS level at Tobyhanna Army Depot is below the current safe exposure limit. Still, according to the recently proposed safe exposure limit by the Environmental Protection Agency, the level is significantly above it. Specifically, the PFOS and PFOA level is 833 times over the new safe exposure limit. Therefore, veterans and family members who lived at Tobyhanna Army Depot should keep a close eye on their health and immediately seek medical assistance if they notice unusual symptoms.
What toxic agents are lurking on Tobyhanna Army Depot?
While PFAS are the contaminants of concern at the military installation, there might be other toxic substances present on the site. The presence of multiple harmful chemicals only exacerbates the degree of toxic exposure among service members and veterans who spent time there. These are other toxic agents that might exist in the environment of Tobyhanna Army Depot:
Tobyhanna Army Depot was deemed a Superfund site, and the Environmental Protection Agency is currently performing intense cleanup activities to remove toxic contaminants from the military facility. A landfill that operated from 1963 to 1979 and received various types of wastes, including plating wastes, sludge from the sewage treatment plant, ash, construction debris, paints, solvents, oils, and sanitary waste, is present on this military installation.
What diseases can you develop following toxic exposure at Tobyhanna Army Depot?
Although toxic exposure can be responsible for a myriad of health problems, veterans and family members who intend to file a claim should know that only certain diagnoses can deem them eligible. This is because a strong association must exist between their disease and toxic exposure, which can also be supported by medical evidence. Even so, you might still not be entitled to financial compensation, as there are other requirements you have to meet. The following are the diagnoses that might qualify you to file a claim if you spent at least one cumulative year at Tobyhanna Army Depot:
With over three decades of experience in evaluating and filing toxic exposure claims, our diligent attorneys will gladly help you figure out whether you are entitled to compensation if you are a victim of military toxic exposure. Because we understand how overwhelming struggling with one of the above diseases can be, we will go to great lengths to accommodate you and make the legal process as simple as possible. If you are too ill to participate, you should not worry, as you can have a family member help you, and our compassionate team will take care of the most complex aspects on your behalf.