Location: Limestone, ME 04750
Years of Operation: 1953-1994
Loring Air Force Base became active in 1953, and the 42nd Bombardment Wing was the first unit at this location. The base was renamed Loring Air Force Base a year later. This site was home to high-speed air crafts and military bombers, handling storage and maintenance. Improvements and expansions began on the base in 1981, which included a runway, alert facility, and medical center.
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)|
|Benzene||Bone marrow damage, anemia, leukemia|
|Toluene (BTEX compounds)||Nervous system damage|
|Jet fuel||Nervous system damage, nausea, anxiety, memory loss, irritability, depression|
|Waste oil||Nausea, nervous system damage (when drinking contaminated water)|
|Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)||Cause reproductive issues and birth defects in mice; shown to cause skin and immunity issues in animals|
|Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)||Skin conditions (adults), neurobehavioral and immunological changes (children)|
PCBs have been found to cause cancer in animals
|Heavy metals||Headaches, weakness, fatigue, joint and muscle pain, constipation (source)|
If you were stationed at Loring Air Force Base, you may be eligible for compensation for health conditions 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.