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)||Potential Effects||Acute hepatocellular injury (Hepatitis)||Scleroderma, Renal (kidney) cancer, Psychiatric disturbances, Lymphoma non Hodgkin's, Hepatocellular cancer (Liver cancer), Fetotoxicity (Miscarriage/spontaneous abortion; stillbirth), Decreased Coordination/ Dysequilibrium, Cirrhosis, Childhood Leukemias, Cardiac congenital malformations, Autoimmune antibodies, positive ANA, Arrhythmias||Trigeminal neuropathy, Testicular cancer, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Raynaud's phenomenon, Prostate cancer, Peripheral neuropathy, Pancreatitis, Pancreatic cancer, Oral clefts (cleft lip and palate), Neural tube defects/CNS malformations, Nephrotic syndrome, Multiple myeloma, Lung cancer, Low birth weight/Small for Gestational Age, Immune suppression, Hodgkin's Disease (lymphoma), Genitourinary malformations (includes cryptorchidism, hypospadias), Cognitive impairment (includes impaired learning, impaired memory, and decreased attention span), Choanal atresia, Cervical cancer, Brain cancer adult, Adultonset Leukemias, ADD/ADHD, hyperactivity, Acute tubular necrosis|
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.