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PFAS exposure at Alameda Naval Base

This military base was located in Alameda, California on San Francisco Bay and was a United States Navy Naval Air Station. It had two runways, as well as two helicopter pads and a control tower.

The Alameda Naval Base was added to the list of Superfund cleanup sites by the Environmental Protection Agency in 1999, as 25 of the areas of the base were contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB). However, PFAS was also present on Alameda Naval Base in 46 areas, endangering the health of the military personnel and their family members who were stationed there.

If you came to struggle with a disease, either as a member of the military or as a family member of one, after spending at least one year at Alameda Naval Base as a result of exposure to PFAS, you are entitled to financial compensation.

The Navy tested 30 wells for contamination with PFOS and PFOA at Alameda Naval Base, out of which 16 contained the dangerous chemicals. Furthermore, the groundwater on the base was found to have a level of PFAS 4,800 times higher than the permissible limit established by EPA. Before 1974, untreated industrial wastewater had been dumped in the Seaplane Lagoon and the Oakland Inner Harbor by nearby facilities. As a result, 35 Installation Restoration sites at Alameda Naval Base were added to the list of EPA for cleanup. So far, over $539 million has been spent to remediate the situation and the expected additional cost for the cleanup is $58.8 million. The cleanup is estimated to be completed by the end of 2021.

What toxic agents were present on Alameda Naval Base in the drinking water?

In addition to PFAS, which mostly came from military firefighters using aqueous film-forming foam, commonly known as AFFF, there were multiple other toxic agents polluting the drinking water at Alameda Naval Base before the EPA began cleaning it up. The following are only some of the water contaminants found on the military base:

  • aluminum
  • arsenic
  • barium
  • benzene
  • cadmium
  • carbon disulfide
  • chloroform
  • cyanide
  • dichloroethane
  • ethyl chloride
  • ethylbenzene
  • fluorene
  • fluoride
  • iron
  • manganese
  • methylnaphthalene
  • naphthalene
  • nickel
  • nitrate
  • pyrene
  • selenium
  • toluene
  • trichloroethylene
  • vanadium
  • vinyl chloride
  • xylene
  • zinc

Exposure to these dangerous chemicals from drinking water is very dangerous, as it can lead to the occurrence of numerous terrible, even fatal diseases. If you lived on Alameda Naval Base for at least 1 cumulative year, you were inevitably exposed to PFAS and other similarly hazardous agents from drinking water, which is why we strongly encourage you to seek medical attention immediately if you notice a new onset of symptoms.

What diseases can you develop after exposure to PFAS?

Exposure to PFAS was a very serious issue for military personnel and their family members while they were stationed at Alameda Naval Base, as the chemicals reached their bodies after drinking tainted water. There are numerous diseases that prolonged exposure to PFAS can lead to over the years, such as the following:

If you developed one of the above diseases after being stationed at Alameda Naval Base, you have the right to seek financial compensation.

Quality assistance for military personnel and their family members injured by PFAS

If you are a veteran or a family member of one who spent 1 year or longer at Alameda Naval Base and developed a disease, please contact Atraxia Law and we will assist you with filing a PFAS claim. Our process is simple and over the phone and it requires minimal involvement on your part. If you are deemed eligible a skilled PFAS lawyer will file the claim on your behalf.

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