Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove opened in 1942, providing aircraft design and testing. The base eventually provided support infrastructure, unit readiness services, and direct training for the Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force Reserve, and the Pennsylvania Air National Guard, and Army Guard. It was home to a number of units, including the 913th Airlift Wing and 111th Fighter Wing. The base officially closed in 2011.
The following chart outlines the toxins associated with this military location and the potential effects of exposure.*
|Perchloroethylene (PCE)||Potential Effects||-||-||-|
|Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS)||Potential Effects||-||-||-|
|Semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs)||Potential Effects||-||-||-|
|Trichloroethylene (TCE)||Potential Effects||Acute hepatocellular injury (Hepatitis)||Scleroderma, Renal (kidney) cancer, Psychiatric disturbances, Lymphoma non Hodgkin's, Hepatocellular cancer (Liver cancer), Fetotoxicity (Miscarriage/spontaneous abortion; stillbirth), Decreased Coordination/ Dysequilibrium, Cirrhosis, Childhood Leukemias, Cardiac congenital malformations, Autoimmune antibodies, positive ANA, Arrhythmias||Trigeminal neuropathy, Testicular cancer, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Raynaud's phenomenon, Prostate cancer, Peripheral neuropathy, Pancreatitis, Pancreatic cancer, Oral clefts (cleft lip and palate), Neural tube defects/CNS malformations, Nephrotic syndrome, Multiple myeloma, Lung cancer, Low birth weight/Small for Gestational Age, Immune suppression, Hodgkin's Disease (lymphoma), Genitourinary malformations (includes cryptorchidism, hypospadias), Cognitive impairment (includes impaired learning, impaired memory, and decreased attention span), Choanal atresia, Cervical cancer, Brain cancer adult, Adultonset Leukemias, ADD/ADHD, hyperactivity, Acute tubular necrosis|
If you were stationed at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove 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.