- PFAS chemicals endanger communities near military bases
- Shocking truths about contamination at top military sites
- How to take action and join the fight for justice
The Growing Crisis of PFAS Contamination at U.S. Military Facilities
After 15 years researching the human health impacts of chemical contaminants, environmental toxicologists have become deeply concerned by recent revelations about widespread PFAS contamination at current and former U.S. military facilities. Having focused extensively on per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), they are all too familiar with the persistence of these chemicals in the body and environment, leading to the “forever chemical” designation. It’s clear the military’s use of these chemicals has left a toxic legacy, putting service members and surrounding communities at risk.
Now, as awareness grows regarding PFAS contamination at bases nationwide, experts feel compelled to raise the alarm about the potential dangers. Their expertise tells them these chemicals threaten human health in insidious ways that cannot be ignored. In this article, we outline the problem areas, health impacts, and ways we might start to seek solutions and justice for those affected.
Top Bases Where PFAS Poses Major Health Risks
The former Wurtsmith Air Force Base in Michigan remains the most contaminated site to date. PFAS levels in nearby water supplies are thousands of times above the EPA’s advisory limit. At least 10 municipal systems have registered unsafe levels, and the chemicals continue spreading.
Similar stories have played out at the Pease Air National Guard Base in New Hampshire and other installations where toxic firefighting foams were used routinely for training. As awareness and testing expands, experts expect the true extent of the military’s PFAS problem will grow even further.
The Dangerous Health Effects of PFAS Exposure
So what is the human impact of PFAS contamination? With a background in studying chemical toxicology, researchers have found these compounds linked to an array of serious health disorders. The populations living and working on or near PFAS polluted military bases face elevated risks of:
- Certain cancers like kidney, prostate, and bladder
- Hormone disruption potentially causing infertility
- Developmental issues in children and babies
- Liver damage and other organ impairment
- Weakened immune function and frequent infections
The correlations leave little doubt – PFAS poses a grave danger to human well-being, especially at higher exposure levels.
Seeking Justice for PFAS Victims
While PFAS pollution spreads, many military families feel left behind without care or compensation. However, there are emerging resources to help them fight for justice.
Platforms like People’s Justice now assist victims in connecting with experienced legal teams to pursue accountability from responsible parties. By joining together, those affected by PFAS may receive the medical support and environmental remediation they deserve.
Staying Informed, Protected, and Engaged
For those who live or lived on or near contaminated bases, experts strongly advise taking proactive steps:
- Get family blood tested for PFAS levels
- Use only certified PFAS-free drinking water
- Learn about PFAS exposure symptoms to monitor health
- Consider joining PFAS-related litigation or class actions
- Follow advocacy groups like People’s Justice for updates and resources
This information aims to empower people to protect themselves and support those fighting for justice in PFAS contamination cases. Please reach out with any other questions – we are always glad to help!