Location: 7 Frankford Ave, Anniston, AL 36201
Years of Operation: 1942-Present
Beginning operation in 1942, the Anniston Army Depot is located in northeast Alabama. While the location originated as a storage facility, it has since become a manufacturing and maintenance center. The main function of the facility is the production and maintenance of ground combat vehicles. Military employees also maintain small arms, weapons, and land combat missiles at this location. The facility stores a portion of the U.S. military’s stockpile of chemical weapons.
The following chart outlines the toxins associated with this military location and the potential effects of exposure.*
|Cyanide||Heart damage, brain damage, coma, death|
|Phenols||Skin burns, liver damage, irregular heart beat, dark urine, death|
|Pesticides||Nervous system damage, cancer, endocrine damage, skin and eye irritation (source)|
|Petroleum hydrocarbons||Nervous system damage, headaches, dizziness|
|Asbestos||Lung problems, cancer|
|Creosote||Kidney problems, liver problems, stomach pains, skin irritation, convulsions, burning in the mouth and throat|
|Lead||Brain and nervous system damage, kidney damage, death|
|Thallium||Vomiting, diarrhea, temporary hair loss; Issues of the lungs, heart, kidneys, and nervous system|
|Antimony||Heart, lung, and stomach problems|
|Chromium||Cancer, nasal damage, anemia, stomach and intestinal damage|
Additional chemicals found at this site include herbicides, chlorinated hydrocarbons, acids, and chelating agents.
If you worked at the Anniston Army Depot, you may be eligible for compensation for medical conditions associated with toxic exposure.
*Effects are according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry unless otherwise noted.