Location: Ellsworth AFB, SD 57706
Years of Operation: 1941-Present
Ellsworth Air Force Base was established in 1941 and is one of the largest employers in South Dakota. The main mission of the base is to support air combat missions. This location is currently home to the 28th Bomb Wing, and it was the first base to house the B-21 bomber unit.
The following chart outlines the toxins associated with this military location and the potential effects of exposure.*
|1,1-dichloroethane||Nervous system damage|
|1,2-dichloroethylene||Irregular heartbeat, nervous system effects|
|Trichloroethylene (TCE)||Immune system damage, kidney disfunction, respiratory issues, neurological effects, dizziness, behavioral changes, heart damage in unborn children (source, source)|
|Arsenic||Nausea, vomiting, decreased red blood cell production, pins and needles sensations, abnormal heart rhythm; death at high levels|
|Chromium||Stomach and intestinal damage, anemia, nose damage, cancer|
If you were stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base 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.