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PFAS exposure at Joint Expeditionary Base - Little Creek

Previously known as Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, this military installation is the main operating base for the Amphibious Forces in the Atlantic Fleet of the U.S. Navy. It was built in 1942, and it is still operational today. Joint Expeditionary Base - Little Creek is comprised of 4 locations in Virginia and North Carolina. The core mission of the military base is to offer support services to more than 15,000 personnel of the 27 homeported ships. The combination of support, operational, and training facilities of Joint Expeditionary Base - Little Creek targets primarily amphibious operations, which makes the base unique. However, the environment of the military base is contaminated with PFAS, a group of toxic chemicals, which seriously endanger the health of everyone stationed there.

In addition to PFAS, which represent the main contaminant on Joint Expeditionary Base-Little Creek, there are other hazardous agents polluting the environment of the military base. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, some of the activities that generated toxic waste on the site are the construction and repair of buildings and piers, the application of pesticides, medical and dental treatment, and boat painting and sandblasting. Joint Expeditionary Base-Little Creek was deemed a Superfund site in the summer of 1998, and the Environmental Protection Agency is striving to carry out cleanup activities on 12 sites of the military base at the moment.

What contaminants of concern are present on Joint Expeditionary Base - Little Creek?

The source of PFAS on the military base is the use of AFFF, a dangerous fire suppressant, by military firefighters to put out fires stemming from flammable liquids and gases. Invented in 1966 by the U.S. Navy and the 3M company, AFFF contains a high concentration of PFAS.

According to what the Environmental Protection Agency found, the following wastes are polluting the premises of Joint Expeditionary Base - Little Creek besides PFAS, which only worsens the degree of toxic exposure among members of the military and civilians who live there:

  • pesticides
  • solvents
  • inorganics
  • silver cyanide
  • heavy metals
  • copper cyanide
  • lacquer stripper
  • dyes
  • perchloroethylene sludge
  • chromic acid
  • polychlorinated biphenyls
  • degreasers

Therefore, if you spent time at Joint Expeditionary Base - Little Creek, you need to keep a close eye on your health, as you have a considerable risk of coming to struggle with a serious disease.

What health issues can PFAS exposure cause in people who were stationed at contaminated military bases?

Indisputably, the most harrowing disease exposure to PFAS can result in is cancer, which can affect numerous organs and tissues in the body. If you are predisposed to developing it, the location will highly depend on where the largest amount of PFAS is. Nevertheless, there are other serious health problems PFAS exposure can cause, which also require long-term treatment. The following are all the health issues the presence of these chemicals in the body can result in and also the diagnoses that qualify you for seeking compensation:

Legal assistance for victims of toxic exposure

If you developed a health problem as a consequence of PFAS exposure on Joint Expeditionary Base - Little Creek, please give our legal team a call. To initiate the process of filing a toxic exposure claim, all you have to do is explain your situation in a 10-minute phone call.

After a careful evaluation of your case, we will determine whether you qualify for filing a toxic exposure claim. If you do, a skilled PFAS lawyer will promptly start preparing it for submission. Eventually, a few months to a few years after claim submission, you will receive the largest sum of money you are entitled to.

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