Location: Edwards AFB, CA, 93524
Years of Operation: 1940-Present
Edwards Air Force Base is located in Kern County, CA, about 22 miles from Lancaster and 15 miles from Rosamond. It first opened in the 1930’s as a bombing range. The base then expanded as a flight center during World War II, running its first aircraft test in 1942. The base has since continued flight testing operations.
The 95th Air Base Wing currently operates the base, and there are 10,000 military personnel and family members living there. The base houses the 412th Test Wing, NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center, and the United State Air Force Test Pilot School.
The following chart outlines the toxins associated with this military location and the potential effects of exposure.* Various fuels and solvents were found on the base, including the following.
|Perchloroethylene (PCE)||Mood changes, memory changes, vision issues, skin irritation, headaches, coordination issues, neurological issues, cancer (source)|
|Trichloroethylene (TCE)||Immune system damage, kidney disfunction, respiratory issues, neurological effects, dizziness, behavioral changes, heart damage in unborn children (source, source)|
If you lived or worked on Edwards 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.