Location: Oscoda, MI 48750
Years of Operation: 1923-1993
Wurtsmith Air Force Base was established in 1923. The site was originally home to the 134th Army Air Force Base Fighter Unit and 379th Bombardment Wing. Wurtsmith AFB was active during World War II, Vietnam War, and Persian Gulf War, providing fighter jet and missile training. A number of contaminants were discovered at this location, and the base has been undergoing environmental cleanup in recent years.
The following chart outlines the toxins associated with this military location and the potential effects of exposure.*
|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|
|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)
|1,1-Dichloroethane||Nervous system damage|
|1,1,1-Trichloroethane||Dizziness and lightheaded (low-level exposure); unconsciousness, decrease in blood pressure, stopped heartbeat (high-level exposure); has been found to cause mild liver and nervous system effects in animals|
|Trichloroethylene (TCE)||Immune system damage, kidney disfunction, respiratory issues, neurological effects, dizziness, behavioral changes, heart damage in unborn children (source, source)|
|Vinyl chloride||Liver damage, liver cancer, immune reactions, nerve damage|
If you were stationed at Wurtsmith Air Force Base and later experienced adverse health effects, you may be eligible for compensation for illnesses connected to toxic exposure.
*Effects are according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry unless otherwise noted.