Location: Jacksonville, FL 32212
Years of Operation: 1907-Present
The Naval Air Station Jacksonville site first opened in 1907 as Black Point. The Florida National Guard first used the base, and the Army began use about a decade later. After returning to the state’s National Guard in 1926, the base was officially established under its current name in 1940. This location rapidly expanded to include aircraft runways, a hospital, a prisoner of war camp, and troop housing. There was also a technical training school on the base. Currently, the base focuses on anti-submarine warfare and aviator training.
The following chart outlines the toxins associated with this military location and the potential effects of exposure.*
|Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)||Skin conditions (adults), neurobehavioral and immunological changes (children)|
PCBs have been found to cause cancer in animals
|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)
|Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)||Cause reproductive issues and birth defects in mice; shown to cause skin and immunity issues in animals|
|Battery acid||Nervous system damage, digestive issues (source)|
|Jet fuel||Nervous system damage, nausea, anxiety, memory loss, irritability, de|
|Chlorinated solvents||Nervous system damage, reproductive issues, liver damage, cancer, kidney toxicity (source)|
|Solvents (misc.)||Cancer (source)|
|Pesticides||Nervous system damage, cancer, endocrine damage, skin and eye irritation (source)|
If you were stationed at Naval Air Station Jacksonville 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.