Location: 10425 Norden Ave., Mather, CA 95655
Years of Operation: 1918-1993
The Mather Air Force Base opened in 1918 and is located 12 miles east of Sacramento. It started as a pilot training base during World War I. During World War II, the base became a navigator and single-engine pilots. From 1948 until its closing in 1993, the base focused on navigation training primarily.
The government closed the base in 1993, about 10 years after the EPA began investigating contamination sites. This base reopened as the Sacramento Mather Airport two years later.
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)
|Gasoline||Nervous system damage (long-term exposure); lung and stomach irritation (short-term exposure)|
|Diesel Fuel||Respiratory disease, kidney damage, high blood pressure, cancer, coagulopathy (source)|
|Metals||Headaches, weakness, fatigue, joint and muscle pain, constipation (source)|
|Pesticides||Nervous system damage, cancer, endocrine damage, skin and eye irritation (source)|
If you worked or were stationed at Mather Air Force Base and are experiencing 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.