Location: 1199 Old Richardson Hwy, Eielson AFB, AK 99702
Years of Operation: 1944-Present
The Eielson Air Force Base is located 26 miles southeast of Fairbanks, AK. Opening in 1944, the base serves to train troops on air support in arctic climates. The base is currently still in operation, with he 354th Fighter Wing as the main host unit.
Historically, operations at the base have caused groundwater contamination. The EPA has found unlined landfills, buried tank sludge, and petroleum contamination.
|Toxin||Potential Health Effects|
|Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)||Damage to the kidneys, liver, and central nervous system; irritation to the eyes, nose, and throat; headaches, nausea, loss of coordination|
Evidence of VOCs causing cancer in animals; some suspected to cause cancer in humans (source)
|Benzene||Bone marrow damage, anemia, leukemia|
|Xylene||Changes in ballange, confusion, dizziness|
|Toluene (BTEX compounds)||Nervous system damage|
|Petroleum||Nervous system effects, respiratory irritation, coma, death (source)|
If you were stationed at Eielson Air Force Base, you may be eligible for compensation for the above health issues.
*Effects are according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry unless otherwise noted.