Location: San Francisco, CA 94130
Years of Operation: 1919-1997
This site first opened in 1869 as a shipyard, and the Navy established a military installation there in 1919. The location was first used to construct, repair, and maintain ships. During World War II, Treasure Island focused on training and dispatching military personnel. This site continued as a training, processing, and administration center after the war. Environmental contamination cleanup began on the site in 1978, and the site eventually closed in 1997.
The following chart outlines the toxins associated with this military location and the potential effects of exposure.*
|Petroleum||Nervous system effects, respiratory irritation, coma, death (source)|
|Pesticides||Nervous system damage, cancer, endocrine damage, skin and eye irritation (source)|
|Lead||Nervous system damage, anemia, kidney damage, miscarriage, reproductive damage, death at high levels|
|Zinc||Anemia, stomach cramps, changes in cholesterol|
|Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)||Skin conditions (adults), neurobehavioral and immunological changes (children)|
PCBs have been found to cause cancer 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)
|Trichloroethylene (TCE)||Immune system damage, kidney disfunction, respiratory issues, neurological effects, dizziness, behavioral changes, heart damage in unborn children (source, source)|
|Perchloroethylene (PCE)||Mood changes, memory changes, vision issues, skin irritation, headaches, coordination issues, neurological issues, cancer (source)|
Additional volatile organic compounds found on the site include vinyl chloride and carbon tetrachloride. If you were stationed or worked at Treasure Island Naval Station, Hunter’s Point Annex, 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.