Location: Portsmouth, NH 03803
Years of Operation: 1951-Present
Pease Air Force Base opened as a municipal airport during the 1930s. The Air Force took control of the site in 1951, using it as a bomber training base. Pease AFB was officially closed under the Base Realignment and Closure Commission in 1991, but it was placed on the National Priorities List in 1990 due to environmental contamination. However, the New Hampshire Air National Guard continues to use a portion of the base site today.
The following chart outlines the toxins associated with this military location and the potential effects of exposure.*
|Perfluorinated compounds (PFCs)||Reduced female fertility, reduced birth weight, increased cholesterol, ADHD, thyroid changes (source)|
|Jet Fuel||Nervous system damage, nausea, anxiety, memory loss, irritability, depression|
|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)
|Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)||Cause reproductive issues and birth defects in mice; shown to cause skin and immunity issues in animals|
|Pesticides||Nervous system damage, cancer, endocrine damage, skin and eye irritation (source)|
|Metals||Headaches, weakness, fatigue, joint and muscle pain, constipation (source)|
If you were stationed at Pease Air Force Base 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.