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PFAS exposure at Naval Station Newport

Situated in the city of Newport and the town of Middletown, Rhode Island, this military base was established in 1883 and is still in use at the moment. It is home to the Naval War College and the Naval Justice School. Naval Station Newport is one of the primary sites for training officers, midshipman candidates, and senior personnel. Regrettably, like hundreds of other military bases in the country, Naval Station Newport is heavily contaminated with PFAS, a group of dangerous chemicals. Everyone who is stationed there is unavoidably exposed to PFAS, which can lead to serious health problems.

The operations conducted on Naval Station Newport are carried out by the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Marine Corps, and the U.S. Army Reserve. There are multiple sources of contamination on the military base, including a fire training area, one landfill, a former shipyard, and five tank farms. However, the Environmental Protection Agency is now striving to clean the contaminated areas. Furthermore, Naval Station Newport is also home to the Newport Naval Education and Training Center, which is a Superfund site that was active between 1900 and 1975.

What toxic agents are contaminating Naval Station Newport?

At the moment, PFAS are the main contaminant on Naval Station Newport, and the source of these hazardous chemicals is AFFF, a flame-suppressing foam used by military firefighters and trainees to put out jet fuel and petroleum fires. Surprisingly, it was created by the U.S. Navy in 1966, together with the notorious 3M company. Exposure to PFAS occurs via inhalation and ingestion. Military firefighters have the highest risk of developing a disease as a result of prolonged exposure to AFFF. In fact, the cancer death rate among firefighters is 14% greater than that of the general population, which is a cause for concern.

In addition to PFAS, petroleum hydrocarbons were also present in the soil of Naval Station Newport, but in 1991, the Environmental Protection Agency carried out a thorough cleanup process, which included the following:

  • the removal of what Tanks 53 and 56 contained
  • the building of a landfill cap over the McAllister Point Landfill
  • the excavation of contaminated soils at Tank Farm 4
  • the installation of a soil cover at Tank Farm 5
  • the installation of a groundwater pump and treat system at the Tank Farm

The good news is that the unstoppable efforts of the agency have greatly mitigated the issue of petroleum hydrocarbons contamination, yet the problem of PFAS exposure remains. Nevertheless, the Environmental Protection Agency is working to remediate this problem as well. Because the extent of contamination is tremendous, it will take a while until Naval Station Newport becomes safe once again.

What diseases can you develop if you were exposed to PFAS?

There is a certain level of PFAS in the blood of every American, as these toxic chemicals are also present in food containers, cleaning products, and nonstick cookware. Nonetheless, when there is a very high concentration of PFAS in your blood, your susceptibility to developing cancer increases considerably. Because PFAS are also known as "forever chemicals", once they enter the body, they remain there, and you are unable to eliminate them. Depending on the organ or tissue they reach, you may come to struggle with one of the following diseases if you have been heavily exposed to PFAS:

It is worthy of note that these are also the diagnoses for which you can file a toxic exposure claim if you were exposed to PFAS at Naval Station Newport. We encourage you to contact us as soon as you find out about your disease, as you are most likely eligible to file a PFAS claim and recover significant financial compensation for your suffering.

Quality assistance for people exposed to PFAS at Naval Station Newport

For over three decades, we have been pursuing compensation for individuals whose health was affected by toxic exposure, including numerous members of the military and their families. If you were stationed at Naval Station Newport, either alone or with your family, and developed a disease that has a connection to PFAS exposure, you may be entitled to compensation.

All you have to do is call us and after a 10-minute phone call, we will be able to tell you if you are eligible to file a PFAS claim. We will carefully assess your case and, if we determine that you qualify for compensation, a skilled attorney will begin preparing your toxic exposure claim for submission. You will eventually recover the maximum compensation you are eligible for.

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