Location: Tucson, AZ
Years of Operation: 1951-Present
The U.S. Air Force Plant 44 opened as a federally-owned weapons manufacturing site. This site originally opened under federal ownership but was later transferred to the state in the 1980’s. The EPA identified a variety of soil and groundwater contaminants at the site, showing that personnel at the plant disposed of substances like metals and solvents.
The following chart outlines the toxins associated with this military location and the potential effects of exposure.*
|PFAS (Firefighting Foam)||Increased cholesterol|
Reproductive, developmental, liver, kidney, and immunological issues in laboratory animals. Tumors in animals. (Source)
|Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)||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)
|Trichloroethylene (TCE)||Immune system damage, kidney disfunction, respiratory issues, neurological effects, dizziness, behavioral changes, heart damage in unborn children (source, source)|
|1, 4-Dioxane||Nasal cavity, liver, and kidney damage|
If you worked at Air Force Plant 44 and experienced adverse health effects, you may be eligible for compensation.
*Effects are according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry unless otherwise noted.