Location: Washington D.C.
Years of Operation: 1799-Present
Established in 1799, the Washington Navy Yard is the Navy’s oldest military establishment. This site originated as a shipbuilding and shipfitting facility. The shipyard continues operations through the War of 1812 and Civil War, becoming a Navy manufacturing center at the end of the 19th century. Advances in gun technology emerged from the Washington Navy Yard in the 20th century, and it was renamed the U.S. Naval Gun Factory from 1945 and 1961.
This site was gradually converted to office buildings and remains the Naval District headquarters in Washington D.C. today.
The following chart outlines the toxins associated with this military location and the potential effects of exposure.*
|Hexavalent Chromium||Nose, lung, and throat irritation; eye and skin irritation; lung cancer (source)|
|Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)||Skin conditions (adults), neurobehavioral and immunological changes (children)|
PCBs have been found to cause cancer in animals
|Chlorinated solvents||Nervous system damage, reproductive issues, liver damage, cancer, kidney toxicity (source)|
|Heavy Metals||Headaches, weakness, fatigue, joint and muscle pain, constipation (source)|
|Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)||Cause reproductive issues and birth defects in mice; shown to cause skin and immunity issues in animals|
If you were stationed or worked at Washington Navy Yard, 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.