Location: Willow Grove, PA 19044
Years of Operation: 1942-2011
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.*
|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)
|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)|
|PFOs||High cholesterol, adverse developmental effects (source)|
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.