Location: Rome, NY 13441
Years of Operation: 1942-1995
Griffiss Air Force Base opened in 1942. The site’s mission was the maintenance, repair, and modification of aircrafts. It also served as a storage facility. The military gave the site its current name in 1947. Throughout the 20th century, the base focused on aerial refueling, electronic research, and bomber training. This location officially closed in 1995.
The following chart outlines the toxins associated with this military location and the potential effects of exposure.*
|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)
|Trichloroethylene (TCE)||Immune system damage, kidney disfunction, respiratory issues, neurological effects, dizziness, behavioral changes, heart damage in unborn children (source, source)|
|Dichloroethene (DCE)||Liver, kidney, and lung problems (source)|
|Vinyl chloride||Liver damage, nerve damage, immune reactions, liver cancer|
|Heavy metals||Headaches, weakness, fatigue, joint and muscle pain, constipation (source)|
|Lead||Nervous system damage, anemia, kidney damage, miscarriage, reproductive damage, death at high levels|
|Chromium||Anemia, stomach and intestinal damage|
|Barium||Gastrointestinal disturbances, muscle weakness, kidney damage|
|Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)||Skin conditions (adults), neurobehavioral and immunological changes (children)|
PCBs have been found to cause cancer in animals
If you were stationed at Griffiss Air Force Base 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.