Lawsuits have been filed after toxic PFAS and PFOS chemicals contaminated drinking water for hundreds of homes near Reese Air Force Base in Lubbock, Texas.
Need a Texas Reese Air Force Base PFAS Lawyer? Collen A. Clark is a true advocate for his clients and is passionate about helping Texans that have been injured or wronged. If you or a loved one was diagnosed with health problems after drinking water that was contaminated by toxic chemicals, you should contact our lawyers immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit.
UPDATE: Another Class Action Filed for PFAS Water Contamination in Lubbock, Texas
In January 2021, a class action lawsuit was filed by Mike J., a Texas man who claims his private well water was polluted by PFAS chemicals from Reese Air Force Base — Case Number 2:21-cv-162-RMG.
Class Action Lawsuit Filed for Toxic Chemicals in Drinking Water Near Lubbock, Texas
In January 2021, a class action lawsuit was filed by homeowners near Lubbock, Texas, whose drinking water was contaminated by toxic chemicals from Reese Air Force Base.
What is the Problem?
Reese Air Force Base has used “firefighting foam,” or Aqueous Film-Forming Foam (AFFF), since 1970 to put out fires involving liquid jet fuel and petroleum. Over the years, toxic chemicals in AFFF seeped into the groundwater and contaminated drinking water for hundreds of private wells near Lubbock, Texas.
What is PFAS?
PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) are man-made chemicals that are found in firefighting foams, nonstick pans, carpets, waterproof clothing, and more. Airports and military bases worldwide use firefighting foams with PFAS chemicals because they are very effective at putting out fires involving jet fuel and petroleum.
Toxic “Forever Chemicals” In Drinking Water
Unfortunately, cleanup is challenging. PFAS chemicals are known as “forever chemicals” because they accumulate in the human body and cause severe health problems. PFAS also spread in the groundwater, soil, and air, and survive in the environment for thousands of years.
200+ Wells in Lubbock Have Dangerous Levels of PFAS
Reese Air Force Base has recently tested more than 500 private wells for PFAS contamination within 3 miles of the base. Unfortunately, at least 231 private wells and 3 public wells were found to contain PFAS levels above the EPA’s Lifetime Health Advisory limit of 70 parts per trillion for PFOS and PFOA.
What is the PFAS Lawsuit Seeking?
The class action lawsuit is seeking compensation for Lubbock residents who developed health problems after drinking PFAS-contaminated water, as well as medical monitoring for the future.
Lawyers are also seeking financial compensation for decreased property values related to unusable wells and toxic groundwater.
What is the Risk?
Drinking water that was contaminated with toxic PFAS chemicals from firefighting foam is linked to health problems, such as:
- Testicular cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Other types of cancer
- Ulcerative colitis
- Liver problems (changes in liver enzymes)
- Immune system changes (such as decreased vaccine response)
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Pre-eclampsia (high blood pressure in pregnancy)
- Thyroid hormone problems
- Long-term health problems in children
Can I File a PFAS Lawsuit in Texas?
Residents of Lubbock, Texas who were diagnosed with health problems after years of drinking water that was contaminated by PFAS from Reese Air Force Base may be eligible to file a lawsuit.
Homeowners who are dealing with property damage, unusable wells, or groundwater contamination may also be able to join the litigation.
The class action lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina — MDL No. 2873 — In Re: Aqueous Film-Forming Foams (AFFF) Products Liability Litigation.
More Information About PFAS Lawsuits in Texas
PFAS lawsuits are being filed against the manufacturers of firefighting foam for failing to warn about the risks of PFAS.
According to Stephen TerMaath, Chief of the Air Force’s Base Realignment and Closure Program Management Division:
“We didn’t do this in neglect or violation of environmental laws; for a lot of years we all understood this to be a safe product and used it in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.”
To learn more about the Air Force’s response to Reese visit: https://www.afcec.af.mil/Home/BRAC/Reese.aspx.
For more information about the Air Force’s response to PPOS/PFOA visit: https://www.afcec.af.mil/WhatWeDo/Environment/Perfluorinated-Compounds/.
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