The only source of PFAS on Trenton NAWC-AF is military firefighters using AFFF, whose formula was devised by the U.S. Navy and the 3M company in 1966. At the moment, the level of these chemicals in the environment of the military installation is 25,800 ppt, which exceeds the safe exposure limit by 368 times. Out of this group of chemicals, PFOS and PFOA are the most dangerous, as they have the strongest association with cancer. While military firefighters have the highest risk of developing a life-threatening disease, everyone who stayed at Trenton NAWC-AD is more susceptible to severe illnesses.
What toxic agents are lurking on Trenton NAWC-AD?
Although Trenton NAWC-AD is a Superfund site, it has not been added to the National Priorities List yet, which means the Environmental Protection Agency is not carrying out cleanup activities at the facility. PFAS are the only known contaminants lurking on the military installation. Still, in the past, other toxic agents might have been present on Trenton NAWC-AD. Fractured bedrock at the facility was contaminated with trichloroethylene used during testing operations.
PFAS are often referred to as “forever chemicals,” and for a good reason – they also persist in the body for a long time, which can, over time, lead to serious, even fatal diseases. These harmful chemicals are in the blood of 97% of Americans, but veterans who spent time on contaminated military bases have significantly higher concentrations in their blood. For this reason, they should keep a close eye on their health and inform their doctor about their toxic exposure history.
What diseases can toxic exposure at Trenton NAWC-AD cause?
While toxic exposure can be responsible for countless health problems, from mild to severe, it is important for veterans and family members who intend to file a claim to know that only certain diagnoses can make them eligible. Even if they have a qualifying disease, they might still not qualify for compensation, as there are other requirements they have to meet to have a case. The following is the complete list of diagnoses that might deem veterans and family members eligible to file a claim. Still, you must have spent 1 cumulative year or longer at the military base to become eligible.
If you struggle with one of these diseases and lived at Trenton NAWC-AD, we encourage you to give our law firm a call, as you are likely entitled to financial compensation for your injury. With over 30 years of experience, our skilled attorneys have what it takes to help you determine whether you are eligible to file a military base toxic exposure claim. The legal process will entail minimal involvement on your part, as we understand how overwhelming suffering from a serious illness can be.