Out of the PFAS group, the most dangerous chemicals are PFOA and PFOS. While the current safe exposure limit for these substances is 70 ppt, their level at Yakima Training Center is 100 ppt. However, according to the recently proposed new limits by the Environmental Protection Agency, the concentration of PFOA and PFOS in the environment of the military facility is significantly higher. Specifically, it exceeds the new safe exposure limit by over 8,300 times. Veterans and family members who spent time at Yakima Training Center should keep a close eye on their health, as they are at high risk of developing a serious illness.
What toxic agents are present at Yakima Training Center?
While PFAS are the only contaminants of concern at Yakima Training Center, their presence is enough to endanger the health of service members stationed there. Veterans who spent time at the military facility are also at risk of developing crippling illnesses, as PFAS exposure usually results in a disease within several years to several decades after the first contact with these hazardous chemicals.
The source of “forever chemicals” on Yakima Training Center and nearly all the other military bases nationwide is firefighters using AFFF, a fire suppressant that can efficiently put out jet fuel and petroleum fires. Still, it is highly toxic, as it contains tremendous amounts of PFAS. A glimmer of hope for service members is the Pentagon announcing that it will cease using AFFF on military bases by 2024.
What diseases can you develop following toxic exposure at Yakima Training Center?
Toxic exposure can be the culprit behind many health problems. Nevertheless, it is important for veterans and family members who spent time at Yakima Training Center to know that only certain diagnoses might make them eligible to file a military base toxic exposure claim. This is because there must be a strong connection between their illness and toxic exposure, which can also be supported by medical evidence. The following are the diseases for which veterans and family members who spent at least one cumulative year at Yakima Training Center can seek compensation:
With over 30 years of experience in handling toxic exposure claims, our skilled attorneys are ready to help you determine whether you are eligible to file a claim. Our legal team has the necessary knowledge and resources to thoroughly assess your case. The process will require minimal involvement on your part, as we are aware that people who struggle with such debilitating illnesses are often physically and emotionally exhausted. Eligible individuals will promptly have their claims filed so they can benefit from the compensation they deserve as soon as possible.