Location: Concord, CA
Years of Operation: 1942-2007
The Concord Naval Weapons Station first opened in 1942 as an annex to the Mare Island Naval Shipyard and Mare Island magazine. During World War II, the base stored and supplied ships for the war effort. The station then had a role in shipping ammunition across the Pacific during the Korean, Vietnam, and Gulf Wars.
This station is well known for the Port Chicago Disaster, which occurred in 1944. During this incident, an explosive detonated and killed 320 people. Over 200 of these individuals were African American sailors. This incident is known as the largest stateside disaster of World War II.
The following chart outlines the toxins associated with this military location and the potential effects of exposure.*
|Semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOC)||Allergy symptoms, reproductive issues (source)|
|Pesticides||Nervous system damage, cancer, endocrine damage, skin and eye irritation (source)|
|Zinc||Anemia, stomach cramps, changes in cholesterol|
|Copper||Nose and mouth irritation, digestive issues (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea), liver damage, kidney damage, death at high levels|
|Lead||Nervous system damage, anemia, kidney damage, miscarriage, reproductive damage, death at high levels|
|Cadmium||Kidney, lung, and bone damage|
|Arsenic||Skin damage, throat and lung irritation, nausea, vomiting, decreased blood cell production, abnormal heart rhythm, blood vessel damage, pins and needles sensation, death at high levels|
If you were stationed or worked at the Concord Naval Weapons Station and are experiencing 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.