Location: Camp Pendleton, CA 92055
Years of Operation: 1942-Present
The military established Camp Pendleton in 1942 as the new West Coast Marine Corps Base. It then became home to the 1st Marine Division and a hub for West Coast Marine operations. The main mission has been training for military combat and humanitarian efforts. This location offers support and training for the Marines, Army, and Navy, and there are specialized schools on the base.
The following chart outlines the toxins associated with this military location and the potential effects of exposure.*
|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)
|Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)||Skin conditions (adults), neurobehavioral and immunological changes (children)|
PCBs have been found to cause cancer in animals
|Pesticides||Nervous system damage, cancer, endocrine damage, skin and eye irritation (source)|
|Metals||Headaches, weakness, fatigue, joint and muscle pain, constipation (source)|
Fuels, herbicides, and spent oils were also found at this base. If you were stationed at Camp Pendleton 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.