Location: Fort Meade, MD 20755
Years of Operation: 1917-Present
Fort George G. Meade was established as an Army base in 1917. This location was a main training site during World War I and II, and hundreds of thousands of soldiers passed through the base during the conflicts. During the Cold War, the military transferred the consolidated First and Second U.S. Army Headquarters to Fort Meade. In 1990, the Army Reserve and National Guard used the base to prepare for Operation Desert Shield. Over 50 units and tenants are present on the base today.
The following chart outlines the toxins associated with this military location and the potential effects of exposure.*
|Trichloroethylene (TCE)||Immune system damage, kidney disfunction, respiratory issues, neurological effects, dizziness, behavioral changes, heart damage in unborn children (source, source)|
|Perchloroethylene (PCE)||Mood changes, memory changes, vision issues, skin irritation, headaches, coordination issues, neurological issues, cancer (source)|
|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)
|Pesticides||Nervous system damage, cancer, endocrine damage, skin and eye irritation (source)|
|Atrazine||Liver, kidney, and heart damage in animals|
If you were stationed on Fort Meade 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.