Over 600 military sites are potentially exposed to PFAS (per-and polyfluorinated substances), according to the U.S. Department of Defense. PFAS chemicals include perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), which all are known as toxic “forever” chemicals because of their ability to accumulate slowly in the environment over time.
Some military sites are exposed to PFAS through their groundwater, while others have encountered the chemicals in different ways.
Some states have their own regulations for mandating PFAS levels in the environment; however, data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has shown that 24 drinking systems on military bases with PFAS in their groundwater are above their state’s safety standards.
Some of the bases with the highest concentrations of PFAS, measured in parts per trillion (ppt), are located in California, Florida, New York, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia. Some of the most contaminated military sites from PFAS in groundwater above states’ safety standards are:
- Fort Bragg in North Carolina
- West Point Military Academy in New York
- Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona
When measuring PFAS levels, the government does so in parts per trillion (ppt).
Dealing with PFAS in Drinking Water
There are several ways in which you can begin to take measures against PFAS exposure in your drinking water supply. You can remove the toxic fluorinated chemicals within PFAS from your drinking water with an in-home reverse osmosis filter under your sink. You can also use an activated carbon filter to further remove any contaminants associated with PFAS.
Another option you can consider when worried about PFAS in your drinking water is to send a sample of your tap water to an EPA-approved laboratory.
For a fee, these labs will send you all of the supplies you will need to collect several samples and notes concerning your tap water. Once you have collected samples of your drinking water, you can mail the samples back to the EPA approved laboratory to determine if your household has PFAS in its drinking water.
Seek Justice for PFAS Contamination with Pintas & Mullins Law Firm
PFAS contamination remains widespread, and if you or a loved one feels they have been exposed to PFAS chemicals in their drinking water or by other means of exposure, you may have legal recourse options available to you. Studies from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that consistent exposure to PFAS chemicals can increase the risk of certain cancers, lead to immune system complications, hormone disruption, and more.
At Pintas & Mullins, we can help you and your family nationwide with toxic contamination cases with class-action lawsuits against entities that have exposed PFAS chemicals into the environment. To begin your steps towards justice and potential compensation for damages, complete a free case review online to determine your legal recourse options, or call Pintas & Mullins today at (800) 794-0444.
We work on a contingency fee basis, so you never pay any up-front costs for legal services. You only pay if we reach a settlement or award in your favor. You have nothing to lose by determining your legal rights after suffering exposure to PFAS.