Location: Tacoma, WA 98438
Years of Operation: 1930-Present
MaChord Air Force Base opened as an Army Airfield in 1930. The Army used the base during World War II and turned it over to the Air Force in 1947. Today, the base is home to the 62nd and 446th Airlift Wings. These units fly the C-17 Globemaster IIIs.
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)||Nervous system depression, burning sensation in eyes (source)|
|Benzene||Anemia, leukemia, bone marrow damage|
If you were stationed at McChord 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.