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.*
|Heavy metals (misc.)||Potential Effects||Pneumonitis hypersensitivity||-||Multiple myeloma|
|Jet Fuel||Potential Effects||-||-||-|
|Perfluorinated compounds (PFCs)||Potential Effects||-||-||-|
|Pesticides/Insecticides||Potential Effects||Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Contact dermatitis Irritant, Contact dermatitis Allergic||Testicular cancer, Renal (kidney) cancer, Porphyria toxic, Photosensitivity, Parkinson's disease/Movement disorders, Myelodysplastic syndrome, Multiple myeloma, Childhood Leukemias, Bone cancer/Ewings sarcoma||Wilm's Tumor, Vasculitis, Thyroid disorders Hypothyroidism, Thyroid cancer, Thrombocytopenic purpura, Soft tissue sarcoma, Rheumatoid arthritis, Retinoblastoma, Pneumonia, Melanoma, Laryngeal cancer, Esophageal cancer, Congenital malformations general, Cirrhosis, Cervical cancer, Bronchitis chronic, Bronchitis acute, Alzheimer's, ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease)|
|Polynuclear Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs)||Potential Effects||Scrotal cancer, Porphyria toxic, Laryngeal cancer||Skin cancer (nonmelanoma), Renal (kidney) cancer, Prostate cancer, Photosensitivity, Pancreatic cancer, Nasopharyngeal/SinoNasal cancer, Lung cancer, Immune suppression, Esophageal cancer, Breast cancer, Bladder cancer||Reduced Fertility Male (infertility and subfertility), Oral cancer, Melanoma, Early onset menopause, Coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, atherosclerosis, Colorectal cancer, Bone cancer/Ewings sarcoma, Adultonset Leukemias|
|Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)||Potential Effects||Rhinitis irritant||-||-|
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.