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Written By: Robert King, Esq.
Legal Review By: Mike Stag, Esq.
The Warminster NB Water Contamination Lawsuit is an active lawsuit
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Warminster Naval Base Water Contamination Lawsuit Overview

The Warminster naval facility in Bucks County, P.A.,  has a long legacy since the 1930s as the Brewster Aeronautical Corporation, a manufacturer of military aircraft. In 1944, the U.S. Navy assumed full control of the Brewster plant and it became the Naval Air Modification Unit, tasked with adding design modifications to military aircraft produced elsewhere. In 1949 after World War II, the facility was redesignated as the Naval Air Development Center (NADC), with its main mission focused on research, development, testing, and evaluation for naval aircraft systems. In 1993, the name was changed to the Naval Air Warfare Center Warminster (NAWC Warminster) or Warminster Naval Base (Warminster NB) for short. 

There are no active military personnel or civilians living or working at the former Warminster naval base, as it has been closed and redeveloped for non-military use by the Bucks County Federal Lands Reuse Authority (FLRA).

Warminster Naval Base Water Contamination Lawsuit Updates

JUNE 2024 – KING LAW ACCEPTING WARMINSTER NB WATER CONTAMINATION LAWSUITS 

King Law has been representing claimants in environmental exposure lawsuits for years. And now, we are reviewing cases associated specifically with water contamination at Warminster NB. If you or a loved one have been exposed to contaminated drinking water from the base and have developed a related illness, contact us today to determine if you’re eligible for compensation. 

MARCH 2021 – FIVE-YEAR REVIEW COMPLETED FOR REMEDIATION

The Navy conducted its latest five-year review of the remediation efforts at the Warminster NAWC site, as required under Superfund, to ensure the implemented remedies remain protective of human health and the environment. 

NOVEMBER 2019 – PFAS INVESTIGATION ONGOING AT SITE

The Navy was actively investigating the extent of PFAS contamination found at the Warminster NAWC site, conducting a remedial investigation and implementing interim measures like adding granular activated carbon treatment to address the PFAS in groundwater. 

JANUARY 2019 – NO SOIL EXCAVATION PLANNED FOR PFAS

Navy officials stated they did not plan to excavate any PFAS-contaminated soils from the Warminster base, unlike the approach taken at the nearby Willow Grove base, citing challenges with disposing of large volumes of contaminated soil. 

1989 – WARMINSTER NAWC ADDED TO SUPERFUND LIST

The EPA designated the Warminster Naval Air Warfare Center as a Superfund site due to groundwater contamination threats from the 8 identified waste disposal areas on the 840-acre former military facility. 

1979 – GROUNDWATER CONTAMINATION FIRST DETECTED

Initial testing revealed the presence of volatile organic compounds like trichloroethylene (TCE) in the groundwater at the Warminster base, resulting from industrial solvent use and improper disposal practices over decades of operations.

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History of Toxic Exposure at Warminster Naval Base

The former Warminster Naval Base in Pennsylvania has faced extensive environmental contamination issues. The use of PFAS-containing firefighting foams and industrial activities led to widespread soil and groundwater pollution. Initial testing in the late 1970s first detected various contaminants like solvents, heavy metals, and PFAS compounds, severely impacting the area’s environmental health. This discovery triggered ongoing remediation efforts to address the pervasive contamination at the former base and nearby communities – a challenging endeavor that persists today.

Warminster Naval Base Water Contamination Map

The above map showcases the extent of water contamination at Warminster NB and the surrounding areas in Bucks County. The solid color shapes show the extent of contaminated drinking water (elevated levels in TCE, CT, and PCE) in various aquifers surrounding the area at their historical peak. The solid color lines with no fill show the current extent of contaminated drinking water. These areas have decreased in size from their max contamination due to cleanup efforts. However, these aquifer plumes continue to have elevated concentrations of toxic chemicals. As shown above, during prior times, water contamination expanded beyond Warminster NB boundaries, contaminating the community’s drinking supply.

Contaminants Found in Warminster Naval Base Drinking Water

PFAS contamination poses a significant environmental and health concern at the former Warminster Naval Base. These persistent, bioaccumulative chemicals have been linked to various cancers, thyroid disease, and other serious conditions. Widespread use of PFAS-containing firefighting foams during training exercises at Warminster and emergency responses led to extensive groundwater pollution. 

While remediation efforts have improved the situation, testing continues to detect residual PFAS compounds, necessitating ongoing monitoring and treatment. Groundwater testing at Warminster has revealed the presence of other contaminants like pesticides and heavy metals, compounding the environmental impact. Past disposal practices and industrial operations also released hazardous substances such as trichloroethene (TCE), benzene, 1,2-dichloroethane (DCA), 1,1-dichloroethene (DCE), and chlorobenzene into the soil and groundwater. 

Many of these organic compounds are known or suspected carcinogens and can cause liver, kidney, and neurological damage with prolonged exposure.

Our law firm is currently evaluating cases where individuals have been diagnosed with:

  • Bladder Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Liver cancer
  • Multiple-Myeloma
  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Testicular Cancer
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Ulcerative Colitis

Keep in mind that high amounts and long durations of exposure can increase the above risks. Therefore, individuals with evidence of high levels of long-term exposure often have a stronger case for recovering damages. 

Current Water Quality at Warminster Naval Base

Lawsuits have been filed against the U.S. government and manufacturers of firefighting foams due to PFAS contamination of drinking water supplies in surrounding communities like Warminster, Horsham and Warrington townships.

The estimated half life of perfluoroalkyls (PFAS) are anywhere up to 10 years for PFOA

(perfluorooctanoic acid) on the lower end and up to 35 years for PGHxS used in fire -fighting foams (perfluorohexanesulphonic acid). This means our service people and Bucks County community members could have potentially spent almost HALF their lives contaminated with ‘forever chemicals’, suffering lifelong cancer symptoms and daily breathing problems.

Water Treatment Efforts at Warminster NB

Despite decades of effort, the Air Force’s attempts to address the decades long contamination at Warminster Naval Base have fallen short of adequately addressing the long term issue of forever chemicals in the area.

Health Risks Linked to Drinking Water at Warminster NB

Long-term exposure to PFAS-tainted water at the former Warminster Naval Base has been associated with various health concerns, including kidney and testicular cancers, thyroid disorders, and developmental issues in children. Medical studies emphasize the importance of regular health screenings and check-ups for those impacted by the contamination to detect and address any potential health effects from PFAS exposure promptly.

Our law firm is currently evaluating cases where individuals have been diagnosed with:

  • Bladder Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Liver cancer
  • Multiple-Myeloma
  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Testicular Cancer
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Ulcerative Colitis

Eligibility Criteria for Warminster NB Water Contamination Lawsuit

If you have been diagnosed with an illness potentially connected to exposure from contaminated water at the former Warminster Naval Base, you may be eligible to pursue legal action and seek compensation. Our legal team at Kings Lawyers possesses the expertise to conduct a thorough evaluation of your unique circumstances, which will help determine the viability of filing a claim and the potential value of your case.

Duration of Exposure: The duration of your exposure to contaminants is a pivotal factor in toxic exposure and water contamination lawsuits. While any level of exposure raises concerns, certain toxic substances like PFAS have a propensity to accumulate in the body over time. We typically seek cases involving at least six months of documented exposure to the harmful contaminant(s).

Medical Diagnosis: Our firm is currently investigating cases where individuals have received a diagnosis for conditions such as bladder cancer, breast cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, kidney cancer, leukemia, liver cancer, multiple myeloma, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer, testicular cancer, thyroid cancer, thyroid disease, or ulcerative colitis.

Nationwide, thousands of legal claims related to drinking water contamination are being filed. It is anticipated that these cases, including those against manufacturers of PFAS-containing products, may result in substantial multi-million dollar settlements.

To initiate a military water contamination lawsuit, it is essential to consult with an experienced attorney. During your consultation, be prepared to provide vital evidence such as medical records, military service records, and discharge paperwork, if applicable.

The more comprehensive the information you can provide regarding your medical condition and military service history, the stronger your case will be. Water contamination lawsuits can be complex and may take several months or longer to resolve.

Our law firm is currently evaluating cases where individuals have been diagnosed with:

  • Bladder Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Liver cancer
  • Multiple-Myeloma
  • Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Testicular Cancer
  • Thyroid Cancer
  • Thyroid Disease
  • Ulcerative Colitis

Our attorneys at Kings Lawyers will guide you seamlessly through the entire process, setting realistic expectations and ensuring your rights are protected every step of the way.

Warminster NB Water Contamination Settlement Amounts

While past toxic exposure lawsuit settlements provide a general framework, each case is unique. Based on prior settlements, compensation for Warminster contamination cases could range from $30,000 to $500,000. However, particularly severe cases involving long-term exposure and debilitating health effects may result in even higher settlement amounts.

Settlement amounts in legal claims related to water contamination at the former Warminster Naval Base can vary significantly, influenced by key factors like the extent and duration of exposure, the severity of health impacts, and the length of time an individual lived or served at the base.

Ultimately, legal experts will carefully evaluate each plaintiff’s specific circumstances to determine the appropriate level of compensation warranted.

How to File a Warminster Naval Base Water Contamination Lawsuit

Initiating a contamination lawsuit requires gathering evidence, consulting with specialized attorneys, and formally submitting a claim. Essential documents include medical records, military orders, and proof of residence near the affected area. Seeking legal guidance is crucial for navigating the complexities of this process.

With the assistance of King Law, filing a water contamination lawsuit related to the former Warminster Naval Base can be streamlined into three main steps:

  1. Case Evaluation and Documentation Gathering: Contact our firm via phone, email, or in-person for an initial consultation. We will assess the merits of your case, verify eligibility criteria, address any questions, and guide you through collecting all necessary documentation, such as evidence of your time at Warminster NB, exposure details, medical diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment costs.
  2. Complaint Preparation and Submission: Our team will meticulously prepare and submit your contamination complaint, detailing the specifics of your case and identifying the parties responsible for your toxic exposure.
  3. Settlement Negotiation and Compensation Recovery: We will skillfully negotiate a settlement on your behalf or advise on proceeding to trial if necessary. Our unwavering goal is to secure fair compensation to cover lost wages, medical expenses, and other damages resulting from your wrongful exposure at the former Warminster Naval Base.

Statute of Limitations for Warminster NB Water Contamination Claims

The statute of limitations for submitting contamination claims associated with the former Warminster Naval Base is contingent upon the relevant state laws and the nuances of each individual case. Seeking counsel from an experienced attorney is imperative to understand how much time you have to file a claim and preserve your legal rights to pursue compensation.

Warminster Naval Base Water Contamination Lawyers

King Law’s legal professionals boast a specialized expertise and extensive track record in navigating environmental cases and matters pertaining to military service, with a particular emphasis on incidents involving PFAS contamination. Through years of dedicated practice, our attorneys have honed an intricate understanding of the nuanced complexities inherent in evaluating and constructing formidable claims within this intricate domain.

Our proficiencies encompass the meticulous preparation of all requisite documentation, coupled with the provision of comprehensive legal representation throughout the entirety of the proceedings. This unparalleled mastery of the subject matter renders our services invaluable for individuals pursuing justice and equitable compensation for the detriment they have endured as a consequence of exposure to PFAS compounds.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is the water at Warminster Naval Base safe to drink?
Based on the 2022 Water Quality Report from the Warminster Municipal Authority, which operates the water system for the former Warminster Naval Base area, the drinking water currently meets all federal and state health standards. However, the report notes the ongoing detection of some contaminants like trihalomethanes that require monitoring. The report also doesn’t take into account residents who have been affected for more than three decades with toxic surface and groundwater.
What contaminants are present at Warminster Naval Base?
The main contaminants were per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) like PFOS and PFOA from firefighting foam use, as evidenced by the U.S. District Court ruling: “PFOS and PFOA contaminants had been released from the use of firefighting foam containing those chemicals at the Warminster facility.” Volatile organic compounds like trichloroethylene (TCE) from industrial use were also present.
Has Warminster Naval Base been classified as a Superfund site?
Yes, the Warminster Naval Air Warfare Center was designated a Superfund site by the EPA in 1989, as stated in the court’s opinion: “In 1989, the EPA placed the Warminster facility on the National Priorities List (“NPL”) established under § 105 of CERCLA.”
What is the nature of the lawsuit involving Warminster Naval Base?
Multiple lawsuits have been filed, including by the Warminster Township Municipal Authority against the U.S. government, seeking “response costs and damages for injury to drinking water supply.” Other suits targeted manufacturers of PFAS-containing firefighting foams. King’s Law attorneys remain ready and willing to fight on your behalf.
When is the deadline to file a claim for the Warminster Naval Base lawsuit?
The deadline can vary based on state laws and case specifics. Consulting an experienced attorney is crucial to understand the applicable statute of limitations.
What health issues are linked to the contaminated water at Warminster Naval Base?
Exposure to PFOS and PFOA has been associated with kidney and testicular cancers, thyroid disease, and other health effects.
What kind of evidence is necessary for a claim in the Warminster Naval Base lawsuit?
Essential evidence includes medical records, proof of residency/employment at the base to prove exposure at the Warminster NB facility.
How long might the Warminster Naval Base lawsuit take to resolve?
The legal process can be long and confusing – however rest assured that you are in good hands by working under the guidance of King’s Lawyers who will do all they can to expedite the justice you are seeking.
What actions should I take if affected by the Warminster Naval Base contamination?
Seek medical attention, document exposures and health issues, gather evidence like residential/employment records, and consult an environmental law attorney.
What is the typical compensation for claims in the Warminster Naval Base lawsuit?
Settlements can range from $50,000 to $500,000, with more severe cases potentially exceeding one million dollars.