Location: 5955 Zemar Ave., Anchorage, AK
Years Of Operation: 1940-Present
The Elmendorf Air Force Base began operation in 1940 and is part of the Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson camp. The Elmendorf Air Force Base and Fort Richardson merged in 2010, and this area is part of the largest human settlement in the state. The base serves as a training center for soldiers involved in wartime and humanitarian efforts. While the majority of the active duty population is from the air force, there are also army, coast guard, navy, and marine corps personnel present. Both military personnel and their families live on and around the base.
The following chart outlines the toxins associated with this military location and the potential effects of exposure.*
|Toxin||Potential Health Effects|
|White phosphorus||Damage to the kidneys, heart, lungs, liver, and bones; burns and irritation; death|
|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)
|Heavy metals||Headaches, weakness, fatigue, joint and muscle pain, constipation (source)|
|PCBs||Skin conditions (adults), neurobehavioral and immunological changes (children)|
PCBs have been found to cause cancer in animals
If you worked or trained at the Elmendorf Air Force Base, you may be eligible for compensation for medical conditions associated with toxic exposure.
*Effects are according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry unless otherwise noted.