Firefighters in Texas have filed lawsuits for health problems after being exposed to toxic PFAS chemicals in firefighting foam (AFFF).
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What are PFAS Chemicals?
PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) are a group of toxic chlorinated chemicals that are commonly found in food, food packaging, drinking water, nonstick pans, animals, and the blood of 99% of Americans.
PFAS chemicals include Perfluorooctane Sulfonate (PFOS) and Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA), which are found in “firefighting foam” used by militaries, airports, and firefighters.
What is Firefighting Foam?
Firefighting foam has been used since the 1970s to extinguish liquid jet fuel and gas fires that are not easily put out with water alone. Firefighting foam is also called Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF).
What is the Problem?
Unfortunately, it is extremely difficult to clean up firefighting foam due to PFAS chemicals contaminating soil and water. PFAS chemicals are also known as “forever chemicals” because they take thousands of years to break down in the environment. PFAS chemicals also build up in the human body and cause a variety of severe health problems.
Health Problems Linked to PFAS Chemical Exposure
- Increased cholesterol levels
- Changes in liver enzymes
- Small decreases in infant birth weights
- Decreased vaccine response in children
- Increased risk of high blood pressure
- Pre-eclampsia in pregnant women
- Increased risk of kidney or testicular cancer
- Thyroid disease
- Ulcerative colitis
Source: What Are the Health Effects of PFAS? (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
Types of Cancer Linked to PFAS Exposure
- Testicular cancer
- Kidney cancer
- Pancreatic Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
- Breast Cancer
- Liver Cancer
- Bladder Cancer
Who Is At Risk?
- Military members
- Airport workers
- Refinery and chemical plant workers
- AFFF manufacturers
- People who live near military bases, airports, firefighting training facilities, refineries, fuel tank farms, etc.
- People who clean up chemical spills, workers who decontaminate firefighting equipment
Texas Firefighter Files PFAS Lawsuit for Firefighting Foam
In October 2020, a firefighter from Benavides, Texas, filed a PFAS lawsuit claiming that he developed skin cancer from exposure to toxic chemicals in “firefighting foam.” The lawsuit was centralized with more than 900 other PFAS lawsuits in federal court.
The PFAS Lawsuit was filed on October 5, 2020 — Gilbert Gonzalez v. 3M Company et al. — Case Number 2:20-cv-3518-RMG. It was centralized in a federal Multi-District Litigation (MDL No. 2873) in the U.S. District Court for South Carolina (Charleston).
PFAS Found in Well Water Next to Fort Worth Naval Air Station
In July 2020, after years of using firefighting foam with PFAS chemicals to put out fires on Fort Worth’s Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, the Navy reported that a nearby homeowner’s private drinking-water well was contaminated with PFAS chemicals. The well-water had PFAS chemical contamination that was above 70 parts per trillion, which is the limit set by the EPA’s Lifetime Health Advisory.
What Army Military Sites in Texas May Have PFAS Contamination?
In 2019, the Department of Defense released a list of Army installations in Texas where they are studying the use of PFAS, releases, and contamination:
- Austin Bergstrom Hangar — National Guard
- El Campo — National Guard
- Ellington Field — National Guard
- Fort Bliss — Active
- Fort Hood — Active
- Grand Prairie (DNAS) — National Guard
- Lone Star AAP — BRAC
- Longhorn Army Ammunition Plant — Active
- Martindale AASF — National Guard
- Red River Army Depot — Active
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