Location: Falmouth, MA 02542
Years of Operation: 1938-Present
Otis Air National Guard Base is the landing field at Camp Edwards. The site opened in 1938 as Otis Field. This location was the largest Aerospace Defense Command in the world until the early 70’s. Currently, the base focuses primarily on intelligence missions. Other base missions include engineering, installation, homeland defense, and combat communications.
Otis Air National Guard Base became an EPA Superfund site in 1989 due to chemical contamination, fuel spills, landfills, and fire training.
The following chart outlines the toxins associated with this military location and the potential effects of exposure.*
|Methylene chloride||Nervous system damage, eye and skin burns|
|1,1,1-trichloroethane (1,1,1-TCE)||Dizziness, lightheadedness, unconsciousness (short-term exposure); Nervous system and liver damage in animals|
|Trichloroethylene (TCE)||Immune system damage, kidney disfunction, respiratory issues, neurological effects, dizziness, behavioral changes, heart damage in unborn children (source, source)|
|Perchloroethylene (PCE)||Mood changes, memory changes, vision issues, skin irritation, headaches, coordination issues, neurological issues, cancer (source)|
|Jet Fuel-4||Nausea, headaches, dizziness, memory loss, irritability, depression, anxiety|
|Aerozine-50||Behavioral effects, convulsions, seizures (source)|
|Red fuming nitric acid||Skin and eye injury, burns, death (source)|
|Hydrazine||Coughing, throat and lung irritation, tremors, convulsions, seizures, liver and kidney damage, reproductive damage|
|Fuel oil||Nervous system effects, nausea|
|Diesel fuel||Respiratory disease, kidney damage, high blood pressure, cancer, coagulopathy (source)|
Waste battery electrolytes, cleaners, and paint thinners were also found on the site. If you were stationed on Otis Air National Guard Base/Camp Edward, and you 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.