Location: Curtis Bay, MD 21226
Years of Operation: 1905-Present
The U.S. Coast Guard Yard at Curtis Bay was officially established in 1905 as the Revenue Cutter Station At Curtis Bay. The initial mission of the site was to repair and construct a variety of boats and Coast Guard ships. Local officials uncovered construction debris at the site in recent years, suspending fishing and crabbing activities in the area while they conduct environmental testing.
The following chart outlines the toxins associated with this military location and the potential effects of exposure.*
|Semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs)||Allergy symptoms, reproductive issues (source)|
|Heavy metals||Headaches, weakness, fatigue, joint and muscle pain, constipation (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)|
|Dioxin||Infertility, hormonal issues, cancer, diabetes, skin issues, mild liver damage (source)|
If you worked or were stationed at Curtis Bay Coast Guard Yard, 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.