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Veterans Exposed to Forever Chemicals at Bases to Receive Justice

The Defense Department has released new data indicating that toxic levels of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) were detected in the drinking water near several military bases.

PFAS take many years to break down and are in various products, including film-forming foam used to fight vehicle and aircraft fires. PFAS can cause kidney and testicular cancer, liver damage, and other adverse health issues. They were dubbed “forever chemicals” for their incredibly persistent nature; forever chemicals last thousands of years. In July 2020, the Environmental Working Group reported that PFAS contaminated 328 U.S. military bases. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed a health advisory level of 70 parts per trillion to provide individuals with protection from PFAS and other contaminants in drinking water. Drinking water near bases in Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Washington state was tested and found to contain chemical levels above the EPA’s standard.

These forever chemicals have built up in drinking water due to department activities. As a result, the Defense Department has taken action to reduce chemical levels to below 70 ppt by:

  • Treating water
  • Providing filtered water bottles to residents
  • Connecting individuals to public water systems
  • Disclose the drinking water testing under the 2022 fiscal year’s National Defense Authorization Act

Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, in North Carolina, most recently shined a light on contaminated drinking water and are still fighting for aid. National actions are being taken through legislation to provide veterans that received toxic exposure during their service with support. The Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022, a part of the Honoring Our PACT Act, deals with water contamination at military bases and the health problems they have caused. The act allows veterans who lived at Camp Lejeune for 30 days or longer between 1953 and 1987 to file a lawsuit to recover damages and disability claims and receive benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Our New York disability lawyers have the tools necessary to assist you in receiving the benefits you deserve if you have persistent health issues from your service. Call us at 855-208-7783 or complete an online intake form on our website to schedule a free initial consultation today. We serve Long Island, Brooklyn, Queens, and more.

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