According to Department of Defense records, aqueous film forming foam (AFFF) has been used to fight fires in training exercises at many military bases. This foam creates a blanket that cuts off the fuel from the oxygen it needs to burn. To help smother the fire, chemicals known as perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) were used. In some cases, they still are.
PFAS are called “forever chemicals” because they don’t break down in the environment but they can accumulate in the human body. Research shows a link between prolonged exposure to PFAS and certain types of cancer.
In 2016, the EPA set a lifetime health advisory of 70 parts per trillion for the most common PFAS. An interim advisory issued in 2022 lowered that figure to less than 1 part per trillion for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS).
In October 2019, however, 64 military bases and civilian airports hosting National Guard units measured PFAS levels exceeding 100,000 parts per trillion in groundwater.
If you were exposed to this firefighting foam and have been diagnosed with kidney cancer or testicular cancer, you may be eligible for compensation. You may qualify for this lawsuit if:
- You were an airport or military firefighter.
- You were exposed to firefighting foam monthly for at least 10 years.
Contact an AFFF lawyer today to look over your case.
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