Location: 1060 Gaffney Rd. #6600, Fort Wainwright, AK 99703
Years of Operation: 1939-Present
Congress granted funds to open Fort Wainwright just before World War II in 1938. The main mission of the base was for training troops and testing military equipment in an arctic climate. Currently, about 15,000 people work and live on the base. The military also uses this site to maintain aircrafts and land vehicles. The base serves as the Joint Force Land Component Command in support of Joint Task Force Alaska.
The U.S. Army started investigating contamination at the site in 1989. Several cleanup projects are underway to address various contamination areas.
|Toxin||Potential Health Effects|
|Petroleum||Nervous system effects, respiratory irritation, coma, death (source)|
|Pesticides||Nervous system damage, cancer, endocrine damage, skin and eye irritation (source)|
|Lead||Brain and nervous system damage, kidney damage, death|
|Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)||Cause reproductive issues and birth defects in mice; shown to cause skin and immunity issues in animals|
Fuel additives were also found at Fort Wainwright.
If you worked, lived, or were stationed at Fort Wainwright, you may be eligible for compensation for the above illnesses.
*Effects are according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry unless otherwise noted.