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PFAS exposure at New London Submarine Base

As the primary U.S. Navy East Coast submarine base, New London Submarine Base was built in 1868 and is located in Groton, Connecticut, across the Thames River. It is also known as "Home of the Submarine Force". The property of the military base expanded from 112 acres during the last part of World War I when Congress approved more than $1 million for real estate and facilities expansion. When the conflict was over, New London Submarine Base had 81 buildings supporting 1,400 men and 20 submarines.

Unfortunately, this military base is one of the hundreds across the country that are contaminated with PFAS, a group of toxic chemicals. If you were stationed at New London Submarine Base after 1966 and suffer from a disease that may be connected to PFAS exposure, we advise you to contact our legal team, as you may be eligible for compensation.

In 2019, the U.S. Navy found 15 potential PFAS release sites on and around New London Submarine Base. The military base is currently a Superfund site, as more contaminants of concern than PFAS are lurking in the environment of New London Submarine Base. As a consequence, the organization is striving to remove the hazardous agents from the premises of the military installation, a series of activities that are yet to be completed.

What contaminants of concern are polluting New London Submarine Base?

Undoubtedly, PFAS are the main contaminant endangering the health of members of the military stationed for more than a couple of months at New London Submarine Base. Exposure to PFAS occurs via inhalation and ingestion. The source of PFAS on U.S. military bases is the employment of AFFF, a fire suppressant, by military firefighters and trainees to put out jet fuel and petroleum fires. It contains a high concentration of PFAS that, once released in the environment, do not break down and persist forever.

The other toxic agents found by the Environmental Protection Agency on this military base are the following, but this is not a complete list, which means that there are many others than these:

  • aluminum
  • antimony
  • arsenic
  • barium
  • benzene
  • benzoic acid
  • beryllium
  • boron
  • cadmium
  • chlorobenzene
  • chrysene
  • chromium
  • copper
  • dieldrin
  • lead
  • manganese
  • mercury
  • naphthalene
  • nickel
  • selenium
  • thallium
  • vanadium

Furthermore, the Environmental Protection Agency found that volatile organic compounds, spent battery acids, pesticides, polychlorinated biphenyls, as well as other wastes were buried below the water table in a landfill situated near wetlands. Apparently, this took place between 1957 and 1973. Thereby, if you were stationed at New London Submarine Base, we urge you to pay close attention to your health, as you have a considerable risk of coming to struggle with a serious disease due to toxic exposure.

What health issues can you develop as a consequence of PFAS exposure?

Cancer is by far the most horrible disease one can develop following serious exposure to PFAS and can occur on multiple organs and tissues in the body, depending on where the highest concentration of these chemicals has accumulated. In addition to cancer, there are many other health problems exposure to PFAS can cause. The following is the full list of health issues PFAS exposure can result in, as well as the diagnoses that qualify a person to file a toxic exposure claim:

If you received one of these diagnoses, you should get in touch with our team, as you may be eligible for compensation. We specialize in toxic exposure cases, and we will be able to help you recover the money you deserve for your suffering.

We will provide you with quality legal assistance if you were injured by PFAS exposure

For more than 3 decades, we have been offering legal assistance to victims of toxic exposure. Therefore, we have the necessary knowledge, experience, and resources to help you obtain the financial compensation you deserve for your unjust suffering.

After a careful assessment of your circumstances of toxic exposure, we will let you know whether you can file a toxic exposure claim. If you are, a skilled PFAS attorney will rapidly begin preparing it for submission.

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