Established in 1767, Norfolk Naval Shipyard is the Navy’s oldest shipyard. It started as a colonial shipyard during the American Revolution. This location’s main mission is repairing and overhauling ships and submarines. The shipyard performs a number of other functions, including various technical and engineering tasks.
The following chart outlines the toxins associated with this military location and the potential effects of exposure.*
|Asbestos||Potential Effects||Pulmonary fibrosis, Pneumoconiosis, Pleural disease (effusions,plaques,thickening), Asbestosis||Stomach cancer, Renal (kidney) cancer, Immune suppression, Autoimmune antibodies, positive ANA||Ovarian cancer, Myelodysplastic syndrome, Multiple myeloma, Melanoma, Lymphoma non Hodgkin's, Laryngeal cancer, Colorectal cancer, Bladder cancer, Adultonset Leukemias|
|Polychlorinated Byphenyls (PCBs)||Potential Effects||Thyroid disorders Hypothyroidism, Porphyria toxic, Developmental Delay, Decreased I.Q../Mental retardation, Cirrhosis, Chloracne, Behavioral problems, ADD/ADHD, hyperactivity||Peripheral neuropathy, Pancreatic cancer, Menstrual disorders, Lymphoma non Hodgkin's, Low birth weight/Small for Gestational Age, Immune suppression, Hepatocellular cancer (Liver cancer), Dyslipidemia, hypercholesterolemia, Delayed growth, Congenital malformation Cranio Facial, Cognitive impairment (includes impaired learning, impaired memory, and decreased attention span), Bronchitis chronic, Acute hepatocellular injury (Hepatitis), Abnormal sperm (morphology, motility, and sperm count)||Testicular cancer, Reduced Fertility Female (infertility and subfertility), Parkinson's disease/Movement disorders, Hypoactivity, Hypertension, Hyperkeratosis/Hyperpigmentation, Hearing loss, Endometriosis, Diabetes Type I, Breast cancer, Bone cancer/Ewings sarcoma, Altered time to sexual maturation (accelerated or delayed puberty), Altered sex ratio|
|Solvents (misc.)||Potential Effects||Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Contact dermatitis Irritant||Lung cancer||Vasculitis, Seizures, Rheumatoid arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis|
|Waste Oils||Potential Effects||-||-||Mycosis fungoides (cutaneous Tcell lymphoma)|
Environmental investigations found a variety of industrial wastes, including scrap metal, paints, cleaners, thinners, batteries, plating wastes, and blasting residues. If you were stationed at Norfolk Naval Shipyard 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.