Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21005
The military established the 72,000-acre Aberdeen Proving Ground as a direct result of World War I in 1917. The main mission of the site was to test ammunition, artillery weapons, air defense guns, trench mortars, and railway artillery. Personnel on the base took on a developmental role over the next decades, creating and testing weapons, automotive products, and armor. This location continues to be a hub of military research, science, and technology today.
The following chart outlines the toxins associated with this military location and the potential effects of exposure.*
Headaches, weakness, fatigue, joint and muscle pain, constipation (source)
Nervous system damage, cancer, endocrine damage, skin and eye irritation (source)
Liver, kidney, heart, lung, and bone damage; burns and irritation; death
Skin conditions (adults), neurobehavioral and immunological changes (children)
PCBs have been found to cause cancer in animals
Damage to the kidneys, liver, and central nervous system; irritation to the eyes, nose, and throat; headaches, nausea, loss of coordination
Evidence of VOCs causing cancer in animals; some suspected to cause cancer in humans (source)
If you were stationed at Aberdeen Proving Ground, you may be eligible for compensation for health conditions connected to toxic exposure.
*Effects are according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry unless otherwise noted.