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PFAS exposure at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base

This military base is situated 5 miles southeast of downtown Tucson, Arizona. It is worthy of note that Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is a key military installation, as the 355th Wing offers A-10 Thunderbolt II close air support and OA-10 forward air controllers to ground forces across the world. The military base was built in 1925 as Davis-Monthan Landing Field and is still operational today. It is under the control of the Air Combat Command.

Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is contaminated with PFAS, among other toxic agents, a group of dangerous chemicals that can cause terrible diseases. The Environmental Protection Agency classified the military base as a Superfund site and is currently striving to remove contaminants from the area.

The Arizona Department of Environmental Quality found multiple contaminants of concern lurking on the site of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. While most exposure pathways have been eliminated through mitigation and restricted access or use, exposure to PFAS remains a severe issue for members of the military who are stationed there. However, the Environmental Protection Agency is making relentless efforts to remediate the problem of PFAS contamination on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base as well.

What hazardous agents are lurking on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base?

PFAS are currently the major contaminant on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, as AFFF, the fire suppressant that contains these toxic chemicals has been used on the military base since 1966 to put out jet fuel and petroleum fires. Surprisingly, AFFF was developed by the U.S. Navy and the notorious 3M company. It is worthy of note that PFAS are "forever chemicals", which means that they do not break down in the environment. Consequently, they remain there until cleanup is carried out by organizations such as the Environmental Protection Agency.

In addition to PFAS, the following hazardous agents have been found polluting Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, but members of the military who are now on the base are no longer at risk of exposure to these:

  • petroleum hydrocarbon
  • benzene
  • toluene
  • ethylbenzene
  • xylene
  • methane gas
  • volatile organic compounds
  • metals in soil

Once PFAS enter the human body, they will reside there forever, which will place the person at increased risk of coming to struggle with a serious disease over the years. For this reason, if you were stationed at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base after 1966, we strongly advise you to take care of your health and undergo periodical medical examinations to make sure your health is still intact. Lastly, it is extremely important to inform your doctor about your toxic exposure history so that they will know what to look for when assessing your health.

What diseases can PFAS exposure on military bases result in?

By far, the most harrowing diagnosis one can receive after having been exposed to PFAS is cancer, which can develop in numerous organs and tissues in the body. Nevertheless, if you intend to seek financial compensation for your health problem, you should know that there are only certain diagnoses that make you eligible, as these are the ones that have a strong causal relation with PFAS exposure, namely:

Atraxia Law will help you file a PFAS claim if you suffer from a linkable disease

With over three decades of experience in vetting toxic exposure cases, we have the necessary experience and resources to help you obtain the financial compensation you are entitled to if you were diagnosed with a disease as a result of PFAS exposure on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. Our process is quick and easy, it takes 10 minutes over the phone. If you meet the eligibility criteria a skilled PFAS attorney will promptly file a toxic exposure claim on your behalf.

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