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PFAS exposure at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

As the largest West Coast base of the U.S. Marine Corps, this military installation is one of the major Marine Corps bases in the country. It is located on the Southern California coast in San Diego County and was built in 1942. Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton is still active today. It was initially established to provide training to U.S. Marines for service in World War II. By the end of 1944, the military base was deemed a permanent installation. At the moment, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton is home to numerous Operating Force units.

Unfortunately, the environment of this military base is heavily contaminated with multiple toxic agents, including PFAS. Alarmingly, the concentration of PFAS in the environment of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton is 820 parts per trillion, which is 11 times higher than the permissible limit set by the Environmental Protection Agency. Consequently, members of the military who are stationed there have a high risk of coming to struggle with harrowing diseases as a result of toxic exposure. The fact that there is more than one contaminant on the premises of Marine Corps Camp Pendleton only exacerbates the degree of toxic exposure.

What contaminants are present on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton?

Due to inadequate past disposal practices of toxic agents, the groundwater and the soil of the military base are contaminated to a tremendous degree. PFAS, a group of dangerous chemicals, are one of the main contaminants lurking on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, stemming from the use of AFFF, a fire suppressant employed by military firefighters and trainees to extinguish petroleum and jet fuel fires. Interestingly, AFFF was invented by the U.S. Navy together with the notorious 3M company.

The other toxic agents found by the Environmental Protection Agency on the area Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton is situated on include the following:

  • aluminum
  • antimony
  • arsenic
  • barium
  • beryllium
  • boron
  • cadmium
  • vinyl chloride
  • chromium
  • cobalt
  • copper
  • iron
  • lead
  • manganese
  • mercury
  • tetrachloroethene
  • thallium
  • toluene
  • vanadium
  • zinc

Covering 125,000 acres, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton is currently a Superfund site. For over 25 years, the Environmental Protection Agency has been relentlessly carrying out cleanup activities to mitigate the issue of toxic exposure on the site. However, because the removal of contaminants is still ongoing, the health of people who are stationed at this military base is endangered, as exposure to so many toxic agents can easily result in a terrible disease within several years. It is important to know that if you spent time on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and came to suffer from a disease, you can file a toxic exposure claim only if your diagnosis is related to PFAS exposure.

What diseases can PFAS exposure cause in the long run?

Although exposure to PFAS can lead to the occurrence of numerous health problems, the most serious is by far cancer, which can affect various organs and tissues in the body, depending on where the highest concentration of these chemicals is located. Here is the list of diseases PFAS exposure can cause, as well as the diagnoses for which you can seek financial compensation:

You should keep in mind that diseases stemming from exposure to PFAS take several years to several decades to develop. For this reason, we advise you to keep a close eye on your health and undergo regular medical examinations so that, in the regrettable case a disease occurs, your doctor will find it in the early stages.

Quality legal assistance for people exposed to PFAS on military bases

Everyone whose health was affected by toxic exposure while spending time on a contaminated military base should seek compensation, as not only will your action provide you with a significant sum of money that will help you afford better treatment, but it will also hold the responsible party liable for negligence. If you were stationed at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and now suffer from a disease, we recommend you contact us as soon as possible.

Our process is quick and easy and takes place over the phone. If we determine that you qualify for compensation, an experienced PFAS attorney will begin preparing your PFAS claim for submission. Following claim submission, you will receive your compensation within several months to several years.

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