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Firefighting Foam (AFFF) Exposure

  • Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) is a fire suppressant that is used to extinguish flammable liquid fires and is often used in fire fighting vehicles, fire training facilities, and on military bases.
  • Chemical manufacturers of these types of foam have been aware since the 1960s that AFFF has a dangerous side effect: it seeps into the ground where it is sprayed and contaminates the groundwater.
  • Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A. has deep experience in groundwater contamination cases, including what is believed to be the largest settlement related to nitrate groundwater contamination ever. We also have experience representing counties, municipalities, and other governmental authorities that may have a claim involving remediation of AFFF.

Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) is a fire suppressant used to extinguish flammable liquid fires such as fuel fires. AFFF is made of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), also known as “forever chemicals,” which create a blanket that cuts off the fuel from the oxygen it needs to burn. AFFF has been sold for decades because of its effectiveness in extinguishing jet fuel and petroleum fires, and is often used in fire fighting vehicles, fire training facilities, and on military bases.

However, chemical manufacturers of these types of foam, such as DuPont and 3M, have been aware since the 1960s that AFFF also has a dangerous side-effect: it seeps into the ground where it is sprayed and contaminates the groundwater.

The impact of this groundwater contamination is severe: studies have shown a strong link between PFAS and various types of cancer and other health problems.

  • Studies of the best-known PFAS, called PFOA and PFOS, show links to cancer and endocrine disruption in humans.
  • Scientists have discovered unusual clusters of serious medical effects in communities with heavily PFAS-contaminated water, many of which are near military bases.
  • Major health organizations like The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the American Cancer Society (ACS) have noted that certain PFAS may be linked to cancer.
  • The EPA has classified PFAS as “emerging contaminants,” meaning they are likely dangerous to human health.
  • Several recent studies have also shown a link between COVID-19 and PFAS, suggesting that PFAS exposure may increase the risk of contracting infectious diseases like COVID-19 and reduce the effectiveness of vaccines.
  • We took on chicken processing company Mountaire in one of the largest nitrate groundwater cases ever, resulting in a $205 million settlement to compensate people in the community and remediate the pollution.

Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A. is investigating legal claims related to AFFF groundwater contamination. This may include people who have been exposed to these foams and have since been diagnosed with kidney, testicular, pancreatic, or another type of cancer. We currently represent the Charleston County Aviation Authority in their legal claim involving remediation of AFFF. Our firm has also deep experience representing counties, municipalities, and other governmental authorities.

Why Choose Us?

Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A. is a trusted injury law firm serving individuals as well as local governments and authorities harmed by the neglect or misconduct of others. We have recovered more than $1 billion in compensation for our clients. Listed in the Bar Register for Preeminent Lawyers and awarded the highest rating from legal ranking agency, Martindale-Hubbell, we fight to ensure justice is served and appropriate relief and remedies are achieved on behalf of our clients.

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