Location: Oak Harbor, WA 98278
Years of Operation: 1942-Present
Naval Air Station Whidbey Island was established during World War II as an airfield. This location is now one of the key naval aviation sites in the Pacific Northwest. Base personnel focus on areas including air traffic control, air terminals, ground electronics, search and rescue, fuels, and naval weapons systems training.
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)|
|Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)||Skin conditions (adults), neurobehavioral and immunological changes (children)|
PCBs have been found to cause cancer in animals
|Heavy metals||Headaches, weakness, fatigue, joint and muscle pain, constipation (source)|
|Pesticides||Nervous system damage, cancer, endocrine damage, skin and eye irritation (source)|
|Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)||Cause reproductive issues and birth defects in mice; shown to cause skin and immunity issues in animals|
|Dioxins||Infertility, hormonal issues, cancer, diabetes, skin issues, mild liver damage (source)|
|Lead||Nervous system damage, anemia, kidney damage, miscarriage, reproductive damage, death at high levels|
Death at high levels
If you were stationed at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island 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.