Location: Plattsburgh, NY 12903
Years of Operation: 1812-1995
The U.S. government has used the Plattsburgh Air Force Base site since 1812, though the land was originally discovered in 1609. The post was active during the Civil War and became the Training Camp for Young Business Men on Lake Champlain in 1915. After serving many military purposes during the early 20th century, this location became an Air Force Base in the 50’s.
The following chart outlines the toxins associated with this military location and the potential effects of exposure.*
|Perfluorinated compounds (PFCs)||Liver damage, reproductive issues, growth and development effects (source)|
|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)
|Trichloroethylene (TCE)||Immune system damage, kidney disfunction, respiratory issues, neurological effects, dizziness, behavioral changes, heart damage in unborn children (source, source)|
|Dichloroethene (DCE)||Nervous system, kidney, and liver damage|
|Vinyl Chloride||Liver damage, liver cancer, nerve damage, immune reactions|
|Benzene||Bone marrow effects, anemia, leukemia|
|Toluene||Nervous system damage|
|Ethylbenzene||Dizziness, throat and eye irritation; hearing effects and kidney damage in animals|
|Xylene||Dizziness, confusion, balance difficulties, memory issues, liver and kidney problems, stomach discomfort; eye, nose, and throat irritation|
|Pesticides||Nervous system damage, cancer, endocrine damage, skin and eye irritation (source)|
|Metals||Headaches, weakness, fatigue, joint and muscle pain, constipation (source)|
|Chromium||Stomach and intestine damage, anemia|
|Cadmium||Lung, kidney, and bone damage|
|Lead||Nervous system damage, anemia, kidney damage, miscarriage, reproductive damage, death at high levels|
Munitions waste has also been found on the site. If you were stationed at Plattsburgh 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.