Location: Pearl Harbor, HI 96860
Years of Operation: 1908-Present
The Pearl Harbor Naval complex was established in 1908 and includes 12,600 acres of land. The location became the home of the Pacific Fleet before World War II, and the Japanese attacked the base in 1941. Pearl Harbor continued to support the Pacific Fleet following the war. In 2010, the base merged with Hickam Air Force Base as the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Various contaminants were discovered in groundwater and soil, and environmental cleanup on this site is ongoing.
The following chart outlines the toxins associated with this military location and the potential effects of exposure.*
|Heavy Metals||Headaches, weakness, fatigue, joint and muscle pain, constipation (source)|
|Petroleum hydrocarbons||Nervous system damage, headaches, dizziness|
|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)
If you were stationed at Pearl Harbor Naval Complex and 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.