Location: Robins AFB, GA 31098
Years of Operation: 1962-1978
Landfill #4 and Sludge Lagoon are two contaminated sites on Robins Air Force Base. The landfill takes up 45 acres and the lagoon comprises 1.5. An 1982 survey found that these sites had the highest potential for migration of toxic substances, particularly through groundwater and wetlands. The landfill was in operation from 1965 to 1978, and the sludge lagoon from 1962 to 1978. The EPA and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division completed cleanup at these sites in 2004, but the sites are still priorities for long term monitoring.
The following chart outlines the toxins associated with this military location and the potential effects of exposure.*
|Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)||Cause reproductive issues and birth defects in mice; shown to cause skin and immunity issues in animals|
|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)
|Pesticides||Nervous system damage, cancer, endocrine damage, skin and eye irritation (source)|
|Heavy Metals||Headaches, weakness, fatigue, joint and muscle pain, constipation (source)|
|Persistent organic pollutants (POPs)||Increased cancer risk, immune system alterations, reproductive disorders, neurobehavioral impairment, endocrine disruption, birth defects, genotoxicity (source)|
If you were stationed or worked at Robins 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.