Location: Alameda, CA 94501
Years of Operation: 1940-1997
The former Alameda Naval Air Station is located in California’s Bay Area and makes up 2,806 acres of land. First commissioned in 1940, the base played a significant role at the start of World War II. The attack on Pearl Harbor occurred just one year after the base opened. As a naval air station, this location served as a base for military personnel, supplies, and machinery — all of which were transported to the Pacific through WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.
The site is currently closed, as the EPA oversees multiple restoration sites. The EPA notes that two on-site landfills contained solid waste, and liquid waste was previously released into the Oakland Inner Harbor and Seaplane Lagoon. However, city officials are discussing plans to redevelop the site as part of the community in the future.
The following chart outlines the toxins associated with this military location and the potential effects of exposure.*
|Pesticides/Insecticides||Nervous system damage, cancer, endocrine damage, skin and eye irritation (source)|
|Chlordane (Alpha & Gamma)||Nervous system and liver damage|
|Benzo A Pyrene||Adverse birth effects, decreased fertility, neurobehavioral effects (epidemiology studies); cancer (animal studies) (source)|
|Chromium||Anemia, stomach and intestinal damage, nose damage, cancer|
|Dieldrin||Nervous system damage|
|Dibenzo (A,H) anthracene||Cancer (animal studies) (source)|
|Heptachlor epoxide||Nervous system and liver damage|
|Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)||Skin conditions (adults), neurobehavioral and immunological changes (children)|
PCBs have been found to cause cancer in animals
|Cesium-137||Cell damage, acute radiation syndrome (symptoms include nausea, bleeding, vomiting, diarrhea, coma, death)|
|Cobalt-60||Heart and lung damage|
|Radium-226||Bone, liver, and breast cancer|
|Strontium-90||Anemia, cancer (adults); impaired bone growth (children)|
If you were stationed or lived on the Alameda Naval Air Station and are experiencing 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.