Location: Memphis, TN 38114
Years of Operation: 1942-1997
The Memphis Defense Depot opened in 1942 as a logistical support facility for the military during World War II. This site was also a storage facility for hazardous materials. The EPA placed the site on the National Priorities List during the 90’s, and the depot officially closed in 1997. It was then converted into the Memphis Depot Industrial Park, which recently sold.
The following chart outlines the toxins associated with this military location and the potential effects of exposure.*
|Arsenic||Nausea, vomiting, decreased red blood cell production, pins and needles sensations, abnormal heart rhythm; death at high levels|
|Dieldrin||Nervous system damage|
|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
|Perchloroethylene (PCE)||Mood changes, memory changes, vision issues, skin irritation, headaches, coordination issues, neurological issues, cancer (source)|
|Trichloroethylene (TCE)||Immune system damage, kidney disfunction, respiratory issues, neurological effects, dizziness, behavioral changes, heart damage in unborn children (source, source)|
If you were stationed at Memphis Defense Depot 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.