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PFAS exposure at Truax Field Air National Guard Base

Also known as Truax Field, this military facility is located at Dane County Regional Airport, 5 miles northeast of the center of Madison, Wisconsin. The military base is named in honor of Lieutenant Thomas L. Truax, who died in a P-40 training accident in 1941. It is home both to the Wisconsin Army National Guard and the Wisconsin Air National Guard. Truax Field Air National Guard Base was founded in 1942, during World War II, and is still active today. It was originally built as Madison Army Airfield. Unfortunately, this military facility is heavily contaminated with PFAS, a group of very toxic chemicals.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs, the environment of Truax Field Air National Guard Base has a concentration of PFAS that considerably exceeds the permissible limit of 70 parts per trillion set by the Environmental Protection Agency. The Wisconsin National Guard is currently working closely with partners at the local, state, and federal levels to address the issue of PFAS contamination on the military base.

What hazardous agents lurk on Truax Field Air National Guard Base?

In 2018, there were still PFAS in the environment of Truax Field Air National Guard Base, and numerous people were complaining that the government was taking too long to solve the problem. Shockingly, the concentration of PFC, one of the chemicals from the PFAS category, in the environment of the military base was exceeding the permissible limit of 70 parts per trillion set by the Environmental Protection Agency by a whopping 569 times in 2018.

According to reliable news from the Wisconsin State Journal, 6 areas in the state were sources of heavy PFAS contamination, which included Truax Field Air National Guard Base. At the moment, these harmful agents continue to lurk on the military base while the Environmental Protection Agency is making efforts to remove the contaminants from the site. Even though PFAS are the only toxic agents on Truax Field Air National Guard Base, they are present in such a large amount that they become dangerous to anyone who spends more than a couple of months at the military facility.

The source of PFAS contamination is the use of AFFF, a fire suppressant, by military firefighters and trainees after 1966. Interestingly, AFFF was developed by the U.S. Navy in collaboration with the 3M company. However, the fire suppressant contains high concentrations of PFAS that, once released in the environment, persist forever, hence their nickname "forever chemicals". The greater the level of PFAS in your blood, the more likely you are to develop a serious health problem.

What diseases have a definitive link to PFAS exposure?

While there are numerous health issues exposure to PFAS can lead to, the most harrowing is by far cancer, which can affect various parts of the body, depending on where the largest amount of these chemicals has accumulated. Nevertheless, the presence of PFAS in your blood can result in other health problems as well. The following is the comprehensive list of all the diagnoses that have a connection with PFAS exposure:

If you came to struggle with one of these health problems, we advise you to give our legal team a phone call, as you may be entitled to compensation from the responsible AFFF manufacturers. Since 1990, we have been seeking compensation for victims of toxic exposure and thereby have the necessary experience and resources to assist you too.

File your toxic exposure claim with the assistance of our specialized team

In the regrettable case, you received a diagnosis that seems related to PFAS exposure that occurred on a military base such as Truax Field Air National Guard Base, you should get in touch with our legal team, as you are most likely eligible for compensation. Whether you are a member of the military, a veteran, or a family member of one who was stationed with them, we are ready to offer you superior legal assistance and obtain the maximum compensation available for your distress and suffering.

If we find that you are entitled to compensation during our initial phone call, a PFAS lawyer will promptly begin preparing your claim for submission, and within several months to several years, you will receive the largest sum of money you are eligible for from the liable AFFF companies.

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