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PFAS exposure at Selfridge Air National Guard Base

Selfridge Air National Guard Base is situated in Harrison Township, Michigan, near Mount Clemens. It is one of the 32 Air Service training camps founded after our country entered World War I in 1917. The military base is operated by the U.S. Air Force and controlled by the Michigan Air National Guard. It was originally named Joy Aviation Field. In 1971, Selfridge Air National Guard Base was the most complex, as well as the largest, joint Reserves Forces base in the U.S. However, the outstanding position of the military base was surpassed in the late 1990s by Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base. Regrettably, the military base is currently polluted with PFAS, a group of toxic chemicals that greatly endanger the health of people stationed there.

In June of 2021, Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters of Michigan made public that new legislations were to be enforced with regard to the cleanup of PFAS at military installations with high concentrations of these chemicals in the environment. The list was compiled by Selfridge Air National Guard Base, and the legislation involved a $10 million investment to shield military communities from toxic exposure. Clinton River and Lake St. Clair are regularly polluted with PFAS stemming from the military base.

What toxic agents are contaminating the premises of Selfridge Air National Guard Base?

The military base is currently a Superfund site, and the Environmental Protection Agency has been carrying out cleanup activities on the site for several years. According to the Environmental Working Group, there is a concentration of 17,000 parts per trillion of PFOS in the environment of Selfridge Air National Guard Base, which greatly exceeds the permissible limit of 40 parts per trillion set by the Environmental Protection Agency. This poses a great health threat to all the military members and civilians stationed there, as prolonged exposure to any chemicals from the PFAS category is associated with the development of terrible diseases.

It seems that PFAS are the only toxic agent lurking on Selfridge Air National Guard Base, but their presence is enough to endanger the health of the people who are now spending time there. The source of PFAS is AFFF, a fire suppressant that has been used by military firefighters and trainees since 1966 to put out petroleum and jet fuel fires. AFFF contains a large amount of PFAS, and every time it is employed, it releases these chemicals into the environment, where they remain forever. The only way of removing PFAS is through the special cleanup techniques used by organizations such as the Environmental Protection Agency.

What diseases can you develop following PFAS exposure on military bases?

Cancer is without a doubt the most distressing health problem that can stem from PFAS exposure, and it can develop on various organs and tissues in the body, depending on where the highest concentration of these chemicals is located. Nevertheless, there are other serious health issues exposure to PFAS can result in. This is the full list of diagnoses associated with PFAS exposure, which occurs via inhalation and ingestion:

If you had the misfortune of falling ill, we advise you to give our legal team a call as soon as possible, as you are most likely eligible for compensation from the liable AFFF manufacturers. We specialize in toxic exposure, which means that we have all the necessary experience and resources to help you receive the money you deserve for your unjust suffering.

Quality legal assistance for everyone whose health was affected by PFAS exposure

If you were stationed at Selfridge Air National Guard Base as a member of the military or a family member of one after 1966 and developed a linkable disease as a consequence of PFAS exposure, we are ready to assist you with filing a toxic exposure claim. The first thing you have to do if you decided you want to seek compensation is to call us and explain your situation by providing us with as many details as you know.

Following the evaluation of your case, we will determine whether you qualify for filing a claim. If you do, a skilled attorney will start preparing your toxic exposure claim for submission. Your participation will be minimal, as we are aware that people with such distressing health problems need a lot of time to take care of themselves and undergo treatment. Within several months to several years after claim submission, you will receive the maximum compensation available for your diagnosis.

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