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.*
|Heavy metals (misc.)||Potential Effects||Pneumonitis hypersensitivity||-||Multiple myeloma|
|Pesticides/Insecticides||Potential Effects||Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Contact dermatitis Irritant, Contact dermatitis Allergic||Testicular cancer, Renal (kidney) cancer, Porphyria toxic, Photosensitivity, Parkinson's disease/Movement disorders, Myelodysplastic syndrome, Multiple myeloma, Childhood Leukemias, Bone cancer/Ewings sarcoma||Wilm's Tumor, Vasculitis, Thyroid disorders Hypothyroidism, Thyroid cancer, Thrombocytopenic purpura, Soft tissue sarcoma, Rheumatoid arthritis, Retinoblastoma, Pneumonia, Melanoma, Laryngeal cancer, Esophageal cancer, Congenital malformations general, Cirrhosis, Cervical cancer, Bronchitis chronic, Bronchitis acute, Alzheimer's, ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease)|
|Polynuclear Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs)||Potential Effects||Scrotal cancer, Porphyria toxic, Laryngeal cancer||Skin cancer (nonmelanoma), Renal (kidney) cancer, Prostate cancer, Photosensitivity, Pancreatic cancer, Nasopharyngeal/SinoNasal cancer, Lung cancer, Immune suppression, Esophageal cancer, Breast cancer, Bladder cancer||Reduced Fertility Male (infertility and subfertility), Oral cancer, Melanoma, Early onset menopause, Coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, atherosclerosis, Colorectal cancer, Bone cancer/Ewings sarcoma, Adult-Onset Leukemias|
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.