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PFAS exposure at Fort Carson

Situated south of Colorado Springs in El Paso, Pueblo, Fremont, and Huerfano counties, this military post was built in 1942, following the attack of Japan on Pearl Harbor. It belongs to and is under the control of the U.S. Army. Fort Carson provides facilities for 35,173 enlisted men, 1,818 officers, and 592 nurses. During World War II, over 100,000 soldiers underwent training at Fort Carson. In 2010, the population of the military installation was 13,813, and the installation is still in use today. However, Fort Carson is contaminated with PFAS, just like other 700 military bases in the U.S.

In 2019, multiple businesses in Colorado Springs were taking legal action against the military for having contaminated the areas surrounding Fort Carson with PFAS stemming from the use of AFFF, a fire suppressant. They were calling PFAS "Agent Orange 2.0", as the health problems exposure to PFAS can result in are as terrible as those caused by exposure to the herbicide used during the Vietnam War. In July 2021, the levels of PFAS in the areas nearby Fort Carson were 2,928 times higher than the permissible limit of 70 parts per trillion set by the Environmental Protection Agency. This greatly endangers the health of everyone stationed on the military base or living adjacent to it.

What toxic agents are present on the premises of Fort Carson?

Obviously, PFAS are the main contaminant of concern lurking on Fort Carson. Exposure to these chemicals occurs by inhalation and ingestion, and, naturally, military firefighters have the highest risk of falling ill as a consequence of exposure, as they are the people who are frequently in close contact with AFFF, the fire suppressant that contains a large amount of PFAS. With every use, AFFF releases PFAS in the environment, where they persist, since they are "forever chemicals". Only state organizations such as the Environmental Protection Agency have the means to mitigate the contamination.

To worsen the degree of toxic exposure, the Environmental Working Group has found additional contaminants on Fort Carson, which are the following:

  • bromodichloromethane
  • chloroform
  • dibromochloromethane
  • dichloroacetic acid
  • haloacetic acids
  • radium
  • trihalomethanes
  • trichloroacetic acid
  • uranium

If you were stationed at Fort Carson and experience bothersome or unusual symptoms, we urge you to seek medical attention, as you most likely developed a health problem as a result of PFAS exposure combined with exposure to the other toxic agents present on the military base.

What health problems can PFAS exposure on military bases result in?

Many diseases and chronic health issues can stem from PFAS exposure, the most terrible being cancer, which can develop on many organs and tissues in the body, depending on where the highest concentration of these chemicals is located. The following is the list of diseases that you can develop following exposure to PFAS, as well as the diagnoses that deem you eligible to file a toxic exposure claim:

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