This base first opened in 1942 as a training field for pilots. After closing for just under a decade, the base re-opened in 1955 as the Blytheville Air Force Base. The base’s main focus became bomber training. It was later renamed Eaker AFB in 1988. Following its closer, the site was used for the Arkansas Aeroplex and Arkansas International Airport. Environmental cleanup and restoration began on the site in 1984 under the direction of the EPA and the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality.
The following chart outlines the toxins associated with this military location and the potential effects of exposure.*
|PFAS (Firefighting Foam)||Potential Effects||-||-||Testicular cancer, Renal (kidney) cancer, Prostate cancer|
If you were stationed or worked at the former Eaker Air Force Base and have experience adverse health effects, you may be eligible for benefits.
*Effects are according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry unless otherwise noted.