Over the past few years, news stories have highlighted the health issues associated with exposure to PFAS chemicals. Developed in the 1940s, these substances have become widespread in everyday household items and various industrial applications. Often called “Forever Chemicals” because they do not degrade in the environment, PFAS persists indefinitely, posing ongoing pollution and health risks.

PFAS stands for per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances, which are present in items such as non-stick cookware (like Teflon), waterproof cosmetics, stain-resistant carpets, and rainproof clothing. They are also commonly used in firefighting foam, specifically Aqueous Film film-forming foam (AFFF), frequently found on military bases and at military airports.

DuPont and 3M Accused of PFAS Cover-Up as Over 600 Military Bases Found Contaminated

Since the 1960s, DuPont and 3M have been implicated in concealing the harmful environmental and human impacts of PFAS chemicals. In March 2020, the Department of Defense conducted a study revealing that over 600 military bases across nearly every state in the U.S. have some level of PFAS contamination.

Given that PFAS have been in use since the 1940s, countless military personnel stationed at these bases may have been exposed to these chemicals through contaminated water or firefighting foam used in their daily work or training routines.

What Health Risks are Linked to PFAS Exposure?

Q: What types of cancer are associated with PFAS exposure?

A: According to the National Cancer Institute, cancers linked to PFAS exposure include:

  • Kidney Cancer
  • Testicular Cancer
  • Ovarian and Endometrial Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Childhood Leukemia

Q: Are there other health risks associated with PFAS exposure?

A: Yes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) studies suggest that high levels of PFAS can suppress the immune system, leading to an increased risk of viral and bacterial infections. This suppression can also elevate the chances of contracting COVID-19 and other SARS-type illnesses.

Which Military Bases Are Affected by PFAS Contaminants?

Q: Which military bases have been identified with PFAS contamination?

A: We are currently collecting data from government agencies and environmental watchdog groups and will release more information as our investigation progresses. The highest levels of PFAS/PFOA contaminants have been found in Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Washington.

Q: What if my base is not listed?

A: If you do not see your base listed, please call us for information at 1-800-214-1010.

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List of military bases with contaminated water:

The following list displays the military bases in each state with the highest levels of PFAS contaminants, measured in parts per trillion. (Note: This is a partial list.)

NAME TOTAL PFAS (PARTS PER TRILLION) PFAS DETECTED SAMPLE YEAR
Fort Leavenworth Kansas 4,022.70 6:2 FTS, PFBS, PFBA, PFHpA, PFHxS, PFHxA, PFNA, PFOS, PFOA, PFPeA 2018
Joint Forces Training Base California 790.5 PFBS, PFBA, PFHxS, PFHxA, PFOS, PFOA, PFPeA 2017
Belmont Armory Michigan 457.1 PFBS, PFBA, PFHpA, PFHxS, PFHxA, PFOS, PFOA, PFPeA 2018
McChord Air Force Base Washington 303 PFBS, PFHpA, PFHxS, PFOS, PFOA 2017
Fort Hunter Liggett California 235 PFBS, PFHpA, PFHxS, PFHxA, PFOS, PFOA 2018
Sierra Army Depot California 221 PFHpA, PFHxS, PFOA 2017
Camp Grayling Michigan 172.3 PFBA, PFHpA, PFHxA, PFOA, PFPeA 2017
El Campo Training Site Texas 169.57 PFBS, PFBA, PFDA, PFDoA, PFHpA, PFHxS, PFHxA, PFNA, FOSA, PFOS, PFOA, PFPeA, PFTriA, PFUnA 2017
Fort Lewis Washington 144.8 PFBS, PFHpA, PFHxS, PFHxA, PFNA, PFOS, PFOA 2018
Picatinny Arsenal New Jersey 144.2 PFBS, PFHpA, PFHxS, PFHxA, PFNA, PFOS, PFOA 2018
Camp Ethan Allen Vermont 112.2 PFBA, PFHpA, PFHxA, PFOA, PFPeA 2017
Fort Drum New York 110 PFHpA, PFHxS, PFOA 2016
Camp Smith New York 80.6 PFHxS, PFOS 2016
Yuma Proving Ground Arizona 66.6 PFBS, PFHpA, PFHxS, PFOA 2016
Fort Bragg North Carolina 62.14 PFHpA, PFHxS, PFHxA, PFOS, PFOA 2016
Coventry Training Site Rhode Island 61.21 PFBS, PFBA, PFHpA, PFHxS, PFHxA, PFOA, PFPeA, PFTeA 2017
Center Strafford Training Site New Hampshire 60.59 6:2 FTS, PFBS, PFBA, PFHpA, PFHxS, PFHxA, PFNA, PFOS, PFOA, PFPeA 2017
Bangor Air Guard Training Site Maine 55.32 PFBS, PFBA, PFHpA, PFHxA, PFOA, PFPeA 2017
West Point Military Reservation New York 55 PFHpA, PFHxA, PFOA 2018
Marianna Readiness Center Florida 53.25 6:2 FTS, PFBS, PFBA, PFDA, PFDoA, PFHpA, PFHxS, PFHxA, PFNA, PFOS, PFOA, PFPeA, PFTriA, PFTeA 2017
Sharpe Army Depot California 43.7 PFBS, PFHxS, PFNA, PFOS, PFOA 2018
Silverbell Army Heliport Arizona 39.17 PFBS, PFHpA, PFHxS, PFHxA, PFOS, PFOA, PFPeA, PFTeA 2017
Carlisle Barracks Pennsylvania 37.2 PFBS, PFHpA,PFHxS, PFOS, PFOA 2017
Rock Island Arsenal Illinois 34 PFBS, PFHxA, PFOS, PFOA 2018
Camp Navajo Arizona 31.26 PFBS, PFBA, PFHpA, PFHxS, PFHxA, PFOS, PFOA, PFPeA 2017
Camp Tarlton Ohio 30.2 PFBA, PFPeA 2017
Camp Williams Utah 29.59 PFBS, PFBA, PFHpA, PFHxS, PFHxA, PFOS, PFOA, PFPeA, PFTeA 2017
Fort Riley Kansas 28.8 PFBS, PFHxS, PFHxA, PFOA 2018
Ocala Readiness Center Florida 26.98 PFBS, PFBA, PFHxS, PFHxA, PFOS, PFOA, PFTeA 2017
Fort Huachuca Arizona 26.5 PFBS, PFHpA, PFHxS, PFHxA 2018
North Smithfield Air Guard Station Rhode Island 20.01 PFBS, PFBA, PFHpA, PFHxS, PFHxA, PFOS, PFOA, PFPeA,

PFTriA, PFTeA

2017
Camp Parks California 18.6 PFBS, PFHxS, PFOS 2017
Camp Ripley Minnesota 18.39 PFBA, PFHxS, PFOS, PFTeA 2017
Gunpowder Military Reservation Maryland 15.79 PFBA, PFHpA, PFHxA, PFOS, PFOA, PFPeA, PFTeA 2017
Shelbyville Army Aviation Support Facility Indiana 15.05 PFDA, PFDoA, PFNA, PFTriA, PFUnA 2017
Frederick Readiness Center Maryland 14.69 PFBS, PFBA, PFHpA, PFHxA,

PFOS, PFOA, PFPeA, PFTeA

2017
Christmas Valley Air Force Station Oregon 14.3 FOSA, PFOA 2017
Norfol Nebraska 13.82 PFBA, PFHpA, PFOA, PFTeA 2017
Grand Ledge Army Aviation Support Michigan 13.63 6:2 FTS, PFHxA, PFOA 2017
Aberdeen Proving Ground Maryland 13.2 PFBS, PFHxS, PFHxA, PFOS, PFOA 2018
Midwest City Readiness Center Oklahoma 11.91 PFBS, PFHxS, PFOS, PFOA 2017
Terre Haute Indiana 11.35 PFDA, PFDoA, PFNA, PFTriA, PFUnA 2017
White Sands Missile Range New Mexico 11 PFNA 2016
Fort Gordon Georgia 10.8 PFBS, PFHpA, PFHxA, PFOS 2018
Bend Oregon 9.75 PFHxA, FOSA 2017
Camp Grafton North Dakota 9.34 PFBA, PFDA, PFNA, PFOA,

PFTeA

2017
Custer Training Site South Dakota 8.57 PFBS, PFBA, PFDA, PFHpA, PFHxS, PFHxA, PFOS, PFOA, PFTeA 2017
Fort Detrick Maryland 8 PFBS, PFOS, PFOA 2016
Franklin New Jersey 7.68 PFHxA, PFOS, PFOA, PFPeA 2017
Camp Guernsey Wyoming 7.06 PFBA, PFDA, PFDoA, PFOA, PFTriA, PFTeA, PFUnA 2017
Camp Baker Maryland 6.47 PFHxS, PFNA, PFOS, PFOA, PFTeA 2017
Lake City Army Ammunition Plant Missouri 6.3 PFHpA 2016
North Hyde Park Training Site Vermont 5.96 PFBA, PFHxA, PFOA, PFTeA 2017
Billings Montana 5.79 PFBS, PFBA, PFOS, PFOA, PFTeA 2017
Camp Minden Louisiana 5.72 6:2 FTS 2017
Lane County Armed Forces Reserve Center Oregon 5.65 PFHxS, FOSA, PFOS, PFTeA 2017
Fort Leonard Wood Missouri 5.6 PFBS, PFHxS, PFOS 2016
Westminster Training Site Vermont 5.55 PFBA, PFHxA, PFOA, PFTeA 2017
West Camp Rapid South Dakota 5.53 PFBS, PFBA, PFHxS, PFTeA 2017
Camp Ashland Nebraska 4.76 PFBA, PFHxS, PFOS, PFTeA 2017
Stone’s Ranch Military Reservation Connecticut 4.56 PFTriA, PFTeA 2017
Camp McCain Mississippi 4.22 PFBA, PFDA, PFDoA, PFTeA, PFUnA 2017
Camp Fretterd Readiness Maryland 3.9 PFBS, PFBA, PFOA, PFTeA 2017
Camp Rilea Oregon 3.77 6:2 FTS, PFBA, FOSA, PFTeA 2017
Biak Training Center Oregon 3.72 FOSA 2017
Camp Ravenna Ohio 3.71 PFBS, PFBA, PFUnA 2017
Ontario Readiness Center Oregon 3.5 PFBA, PFOA, PFTeA 2017
Queen Anne Readiness Center Maryland 3.15 PFBA, PFOA, PFTeA 2017
Rehoboth Massachusetts 2.92 PFOS, PFOA 2017
Camp Gruber Oklahoma 2.82 PFBA, PFOA 2017
Camp Bowie Texas 2.66 FOSA, PFOA, PFTeA 2017
Camp Davis North Dakota 2.61 PFBA, PFDA, PFOA, PFTeA 2017
Camp Roberts California 2.25 PFTeA 2017
Camp Blanding Florida 2.14 PFDoA, PFTriA, PFTeA 2017
SSG Isadore S. Jachman Reserve Center Maryland 2.1 PFOA 2016
McCrady Training Center South Carolina 2.02 PFOA, PFTeA 2017
Limestone Hills Training Montana 1.98 PFBA, PFTeA 2017
Redstone Arsenal Alabama 1.9 PFBS 2019
Lebanon Motor Pool Oregon 1.85 FOSA, PFTeA 2017
Camp Shelby Mississippi 1.73 PFTeA 2017
Garrison North Dakota 1.67 PFBA, PFTeA 2017
Flemington New Jersey 1.67 PFOA 2017
Greenlief Training Nebraska 1.42 PFTriA, PFTeA 2017
Alcantra Armory Complex Alaska 1.3 PFBA 2017
Gerry Reserve Center New York 1.1 PFOA 2016
Horseheads New York 1 PFTeA 2017
Stewart Air National Guard New York 0.99 PFOA 2016
Roseburg Armory Oregon 0.8 PFTeA 2017
Montesano Armory Washington 0.8 PFTeA 2017
Salem Anderson Readiness Oregon 0.71 PFBA 2017
Bridgeton New Jersey 0.7 PFTeA 2017
Jackson Readiness Center Michigan 0.69 PFOA 2017
SSG Frederick J. III Jr. New York 0.68 PFOA 2016
Buckeye Training Site Arizona 0.6 PFBA 2017
Picacho Aviation Training Site Arizona 0.56 PFTeA 2017
Hayward Training Site Wisconsin 0.54 PFBA, PFTeA 2017
Camp Florence Arizona 0.52 PFTeA 2017
La Plata Readiness Center Maryland 0.4 PFTeA 2017
Mead Training Site Nebraska 0.37 PFTeA 2017
Grants Pass Armory Oregon 0.18 PFTeA 2017

Military Bases Required to Address PFAS Contamination: Defense Department Takes Action and Congress Allocates $500 Million for Cleanup

By law, military bases are required to test for PFAS/PFOA contaminants and publish the findings.

Defense Department spokesperson Peter Hughes stated that the military is actively working to address contamination issues and assist communities near military bases.

“The Department is committed to addressing the presence of PFAS in drinking water from its activities and immediately took action at all of these sites to reduce levels of PFAS in drinking water to below the EPA’s lifetime drinking water health advisory of 70 ppt,” Hughes said. “This action includes treating drinking water or providing alternative water supplies, such as bottled water, implementing whole-house filtration systems, or connecting residents served by private wells to public drinking water systems.”

Last year, Congress allocated nearly $500 million specifically for PFAS cleanup at military bases, and this figure could increase. The 2020 National Defense Authorization Act also mandates that the Defense Department phase out its use of AFFF and find a less hazardous foam replacement.

Who Is Accountable for the Military Base Cancer Risk?

Manufacturers who have allegedly known about the PFAS chemicals found in AFFF since at least the 1940s, when production began, yet chose not to disclose that these “Forever chemicals” could be present in their products, are accountable. Due to the lack of warning labels, usage guidelines, or other warnings, these companies can be held liable for injuries to any firefighter diagnosed with cancer or other serious health issues.

Potential Cancer Risks from Military Base Exposure: Secure Your Compensation Now

Have you or a loved one lived or worked at a military base and developed cancer or another serious illness?

Recent findings suggest that millions of military service members, contractors, civilian workers, and their families may have been exposed to toxic chemicals at the bases where they lived or worked.

If you developed cancer, it could be linked to your time at a military base. You may be eligible for substantial financial compensation through cash settlements. Take action now by using the 100% secure claims form on this page or call us toll-free at 1-800-214-1010.