Location: Brunswick, ME 04011
Years of Operation: 1943-2011
Brunswick Naval Air Station opened during World War II. The site was originally a municipal airfield. During the war, base personnel patrolled both air and land on the Atlantic coast. The base ceased military operations following the war, and non-military organizations temporarily leased the base. NAS Brunswick was recommissioned in the early 50’s, shifting focus to anti-submarine efforts and military reconnaissance. The base was placed on the EPA Superfund list in 1987 and eventually decommissioned in 2011.
The following chart outlines the toxins associated with this military location and the potential effects of exposure.*
|Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)||Cause reproductive issues and birth defects in mice; shown to cause skin and immunity issues in animals|
|Pesticides||Nervous system damage, cancer, endocrine damage, skin and eye irritation (source)|
|Heavy metals||Headaches, weakness, fatigue, joint and muscle pain, constipation (source)|
If you were stationed at Brunswick Naval Air Station and later 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.