Location: San Bernardino, CA
Years of Operation: 1942-1994
After first opening as a municipal airport, this base was established as the San Bernardino Army Air Field in 1942. During World War II, this site mainly served as a repair and maintenance facility. Following the war, the base became one of the main jet engine maintenance centers in the country. It was named Norton Air Force Base in 1950. In the decades before its closure, the base provided airlift and food services to combat units around the world.
In the early 1980’s, the Air Force discovered pollution related to waste disposal. They discovered that the groundwater contained solvents like trichloroethene (TCE), so the military began cleanup activities in 1982.
The following chart outlines the toxins associated with this military location and the potential effects of exposure.*
|PFAS (Firefighting Foam)||Increased cholesterol|
Reproductive, developmental, liver, kidney, and immunological issues in laboratory animals. Tumors in animals. (Source)
|Trichloroethylene (TCE)||Immune system damage, kidney disfunction, respiratory issues, neurological effects, dizziness, behavioral changes, heart damage in unborn children (source, source)|
If you were stationed or worked at Norton Air Force Base and have 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.