Location: 5050 Santa Fe Dr., Atwater, CA 95301
Years of Operation: 1941-1995
The Castle Air Force Base originally opened in 1941 as the Army Air Corps Basic Flying School. It them earned its current name in 1948, honoring General Frederick W. Castle who died in a bombing mission during World War II. Aircraft training remained the main mission of the base until it closed in 1995. The Air Force transferred much of the base to Merced County and oversaw environmental cleanup of contaminated soil and groundwater.
The following chart outlines the toxins associated with this military location and the potential effects of exposure.*
|Trichloroethylene (TCE)||Immune system damage, kidney disfunction, respiratory issues, neurological effects, dizziness, behavioral changes, heart damage in unborn children (source, source)|
If you were stationed or worked at Castle Air Force Base and have 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.