Illinois AFFF Contamination
AFFF is a firefighting foam used at military bases, airports and anywhere else with risks of having petroleum-fires. When AFFF is used, the foam is absorbed into the surrounding environment and the remaining residue is washed into drains which can lead to drinking water in surrounding areas.
The chemical compounds in AFFF are carcinogenic PFOA and PFOS compounds which are also the main ingredients in non-stick cookware, stain resistant fabrics, water-repellant clothing and other products which are used to be very resistant and tough. The following are areas with high levels of PFOS and PFOA exposure in Illinois:
- Former Chanute Air Force Base in Champaign County
- Galesburg, IL in Knox County
Cancers Linked to AFFF
The reason PFOS and PFOA are so dangerous to the human body is because they are non-biodegradable which means that nothing in nature can break apart the strong elemental bonds in those compounds. Some people call these chemicals ‘forever chemicals’ because they can never be broken down.
When a chemical that you’re body cannot process enters your body it can cause major issues to your organs. The following cancers have been linked to AFFF:
- Prostate Cancer
- Liver Cancer
- Pancreatic Cancer
- Testicular Cancer
- Kidney Cancer
- Breast Cancer
How to File an AFFF Lawsuit
Those who have been diagnosed with either Breast Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Liver Cancer, Testicular Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, or Kidney Cancer 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.