Location: Portsmouth, VA 23709
Years of Operation: 1767-Present
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.*
|Waste oils||Nausea, nervous system damage (when drinking contaminated water)|
|Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)||Skin conditions (adults), neurobehavioral and immunological changes (children)|
PCBs have been found to cause cancer in animals
|Asbestos||Lung scarring, respiratory issues, heart enlargement, cancer|
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.