Location: Wilmington, IL 60481
Years of Operation: 1940-1993
Joliet Army Ammunition Plant was established in 1940 as the Joliet Army Ammunition Plant and Elwood Ordnance Plant. This site was part of a group of manufacturing plants that produced explosives and ammunition during World War II. Between the early 40’s and late 70’s, the plant produced over four billion pounds of explosives. Following the discovery of environmental contamination on the site, cleanup finished in 2008. However, the site was declared inactive in 1993.
The following chart outlines the toxins associated with this military location and the potential effects of exposure.*
|2,4,6-Trinitrotoluene (TNT)||Anemia, abnormal liver function, skin irritation, cataracts|
|Tetryl||Coughs, headaches, fatigue, eye irritation, nausea, lack of appetite, nosebleeds, vomiting|
|Dinitrotoluene (DNT)||Animal studies show risk for anemia, nervous system damage, reproductive damage, cancer|
|Lead||Nervous system damage, anemia, kidney damage, miscarriage, reproductive damage, death at high levels|
|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)
|Heavy metals||Headaches, weakness, fatigue, joint and muscle pain, constipation (source)|
If you worked at Joliet Army Ammunition Plant 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.