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Have you or someone you loved ever worked or lived on a United States Military base?*

Have you or someone you loved ever come in contact with Firefighting foam in your occupational capacity at the base?*

Have you or someone you loved ever drank contaminated water at the base?*

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Toxic Water Contamination at 678 Military Bases

Military bases and surrounding areas have among the highest levels of the dangerous chemical compound PFAS in the tap water and groundwater. The carcinogenic contaminant has been confirmed or suspected in the tap water or ground water of 678 military bases, according to an Environmental Working Group (EWG) analysis of Defense Department records.

The EWG reported in April 2020 that drinking water in 28 bases had PFAS levels well above standards set by some state regulators, in some cases above 1 million parts per trillion, significantly exceeding the Environmental Protection Agency’s advisory level of 70 parts per trillion (PPT).


Cancer on the Rise Near Military Bases

Along with an increase in drinking water pollution near military bases, reports show a surge in testicular, kidney and other cancers, as well as other serious illnesses among people who live on or near bases.

Mounting evidence supports that exposure to PFAS has caused tumors in animals, as well as kidney, testicular, pancreatic, bladder, and prostate cancer. The Centers for Disease Control’s National Center for Environmental Health has described PFAS as “a seminal health challenge”.


The Firefighting Foam Behind Military Base Contamination

Since the 1970s, the U.S. Military has been using synthetic firefighting foam, also known as AFFF (aqueous film-forming foam) to fight flammable liquid (Class B) fires, such as those involving petroleum. These foams containing PFAS are extremely effective but are also a major source of PFAS contamination in the water supply.

PFAS, known as “forever chemicals,” build up in the blood and organs, accumulating over time. Exposure at even low levels can lead to health consequences. The levels in groundwater and drinking water around military bases have been found to be higher than the standards set by some state regulators.


PFAS Exposure and Cancer Risk

Researchers at the National Institute of Health (NIH) National Cancer Institute Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG) have conducted research to identify specific cancers associated with PFAS exposure.

Evidence from DCEG studies supports that PFAS may be associated with an increased risk of developing:
  • Kidney cancer
  • Testicular cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma and thyroid cancer
  • Additional cancers


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