AFFF Contamination in Pennsylvania

AFFF, which is short for Aqueous Film Forming Foam, has been used for over 50 years by military bases and airports as a firefighting extinguisher for petroleum-based fires. AFFF is made out of non-biodegradable ‘forever chemicals’ that cannot be naturally broken down in the human body or in the environment.

These class of chemicals are called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS for short. The specific PFAS chemical compounds in AFFF are PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) and PFOS (perfluorooctanesulfonic acid) which have both been linked to specific types of cancers.

Cancers Caused by AFFF

When unbreakable chemicals like PFOA and PFOS make it into human bloodstreams and organs it can cause tons of irreversible damage. Exposure to the PFOA and PFOS in AFFF has been linked to the following cancers:

  • Kidney cancer
  • Testicular cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Ulcerative colitis

Contaminated Areas in Pennsylvania

The following areas have shown high amounts of PFOA and PFOS chemicals in their drinking water.

  • Harrisburg Air National Guard Base
  • Harrisburg International Airport
  • North Penn U.S. Army Reserve Center in Worcester, PA
  • Philadelphia, PA

AFFF can find its way to its surrounding environment after it is used and either absorbed into the environment or washed into drains which eventually discharges to larger bodies of water and eventually into our drinking water.

How to File an AFFF Lawsuit

Those who have been diagnosed with either kidney cancer, testicular cancer, liver cancer, thyroid cancer, or ulcerative colitis and live near the contaminated areas listed above may be eligible for compensation. The consultation is free and you don’t pay unless we win. Chat with us on our website or fill out the form on this page and a member of our team will contact you immediately. You can also reach us at (212) 566-7500.