Location: Fort Riley, KS 66442
Years of Operation: 1852-Present
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.*
|Vinyl chloride||Liver damage, nerve damage, liver cancer, immune reactions|
|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)
|Waste oils||Nausea, nervous system damage (when drinking contaminated water)|
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.