Hazardous Chemicals Called PFAS Have Contaminated Whidbey Island Residents’ Drinking Water. We may be able to help. Our attorneys have already filed a class action complaint and are seeking to file individual cases. Contact us using the form to the right (or below on mobile devices) for a free case consultation about the Whidbey Island Perfluoroalkyl Substances Class Action Lawsuit.
If you are a current or former Whidbey Island resident, you may be eligible to recover damages. Our attorneys have already filed a class action complaint and are seeking to file individual cases against the multi-billion dollar chemical companies—not the Navy—and hold them responsible.
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Toxic chemicals called PFAS—perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances—have been identified on Whidbey Island in concentrations above acceptable exposure guidelines.
The source of the suspected PFAS contamination is a firefighting foam called Aqueous Film Forming Foam (or AFFF) used at the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island and the Naval Outlying Landing Field Coupeville. Companies that designed, produced, and distributed AFFF allegedly knew that their product contained highly toxic PFAS and that when they inevitably reach the water supply they would pose health risks.
As a result, significant portions of the water supply and soil on Whidbey Island are contaminated with PFASs, exposing residents to significant health risks and devaluing their properties. If you are a current or former Whidbey Island resident, you may be eligible to recover damages.
Many private wells in and around Ault Field and the Naval Outlying Field, as well as the water supply for the Town of Coupeville, are contaminated with PFASs above the Minimum Risk Levels proposed by the by the U.S. Department of Health’s Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease and Registry. PFASs are being discharged into Penn Cove which can have a harmful effect on the water quality and habitat of the Cove and the robust commercial shellfish industry that calls it home.
What Are PFAS?
PFAS are a class of man-made chemicals that are not found naturally in the environment. The major ways humans are exposed to PFAS are drinking contaminated water, absorbing it through the skin, and ingesting food contaminated with PFAS such as certain types of fish and shellfish. Risk assessments and review have concluded that PFAS are likely to be carcinogenic in humans.
Indeed, studies in humans with PFAS exposure have shown that certain PFASs may:
affect growth, learning, and behavior of infants and older children;
lower a woman’s chance of getting pregnant;
interfere with the body’s natural hormones;
increase cholesterol levels;
affect the immune system; and
increase the risk of cancer.