Fort Riley was established in 1852, serving to protect travelers on the Santa Fe Trail. Following the Civil War, the base acted as a guard site for railroad workers. It then became an educational site with the opening of the School of Cavalry and Light Artillery. Fort Riley continues to serve as an educational and training center into the 20th century. Currently, the 1st Infantry Division and additional partners are present on the base.
The following chart outlines the toxins associated with this military location and the potential effects of exposure.*
|Perchloroethylene (PCE)||Potential Effects||-||-||-|
|PFAS (Firefighting Foam)||Potential Effects||-||-||Testicular cancer, Renal (kidney) cancer, Prostate cancer|
|Solvents (misc.)||Potential Effects||Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Contact dermatitis Irritant||Lung cancer||Vasculitis, Seizures, Rheumatoid arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis|
|Vinyl chloride||Potential Effects||Vinyl chloride disease - Acroosteolysis, Raynaud's phenomenon||Thrombocytopenia, Scleroderma, Pulmonary fibrosis, Porphyria toxic, Hepatoportal Sclerosis, Hepatocellular cancer (Liver cancer)||Skin cancer (nonmelanoma), Renal (kidney) cancer, Pancreatic cancer, Neural tube defects/CNS malformations, Lung cancer, Laryngeal cancer, Immune suppression, Hypertension, Erectile dysfunction, Breast cancer, Brain cancer adult, Autoimmune antibodies, positive ANA|
|Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)||Potential Effects||Rhinitis irritant||-||-|
|Waste Oils||Potential Effects||-||-||Mycosis fungoides (cutaneous Tcell lymphoma)|
If you were stationed at Fort Riley, you may be eligible for compensation for illnesses connected to toxic exposure.
*Effects are according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry unless otherwise noted.