Travis Air Force Base ranks 21st on the Environmental Working Group's top 100 most polluted military bases list. According to the latest test performed in 2018, the recorded PFAS concentration, which included PFOS, PFOA, and PFBS, was 712,000 parts per trillion, and so it became a Superfund site due to the acute contamination levels.
The Environmental Protection Agency has directed several five-year reviews to remedy the site, ensuring that the public health and the environment are protected, mainly through groundwater treatments, soil excavations, and evacuation of PFAS. These substances, or "forever chemicals," as they are also called, are released into the environment by the use of aqueous film-forming foam and persist, making the cleanup process very challenging.
What contaminants are present on Travis Air Force Base?
PFAS was the primary contaminant on Travis Air Force Base before the cleanup actions initiated by the Environmental Protection Agency, which uncovered several other hazardous pollutants on the site. Veterans who spent time at Travis Air Force Base were exposed to the following toxic agents:
- volatile organic compounds
- polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
- nitrate and nitrite
- radium, combined
- uranium, combined
The contamination risks at Travis Air Force Base involve people touching or ingesting the toxic substances present in the soil, groundwater, and surface water. If you worked or were stationed at Travis Air Force Base and later experienced adverse health effects, you may be eligible for compensation.
What diseases can you develop as a result of toxic exposure at Travis Air Force Base?
PFAS exposure is strongly connected to severe health consequences, including organ damage, immune system disorders, endocrine issues, and cancer. The diseases that veterans and their family members who were stationed at Travis Air Force Base for 1 cumulative year or longer may struggle with and make them eligible for compensation are:
If you received any of the listed diagnoses and were part of the military, do not hesitate to contact our attorneys right away. Pregnant women who spent time at Travis Air Force Base and experienced subsequent childbirth complications are also entitled to compensation.