Wurtsmith Air Force Base

Base Background

Location Oscoda, Michigan, 48750, United States
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.

Known Toxins

The following chart outlines the toxins associated with this military location and the potential effects of exposure.*

Toxin Potential Effects
Strong Good Limited
Dichloroethanes Potential Effects - - Immune suppression
Heavy metals (misc.) Potential Effects Pneumonitis hypersensitivity - Multiple myeloma, Chronic renal disease
Polynuclear Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) Potential Effects Scrotal cancer, Porphyria ­ toxic, Laryngeal cancer Skin cancer (non­melanoma), Renal (kidney) cancer, Prostate cancer, Photosensitivity, Pancreatic cancer, Nasopharyngeal/Sino­Nasal cancer, Lung cancer, Immune suppression, Esophageal cancer, Breast cancer, Bladder cancer Reduced Fertility Male (infertility and subfertility), Oral cancer, Melanoma, Early onset menopause, Coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, atherosclerosis, Colo­rectal cancer, Bone cancer/Ewings sarcoma, Adult­-Onset Leukemias
Tetrachloroethanes Potential Effects Cirrhosis, Acute hepatocellular injury (Hepatitis) Steatosis (fatty liver) Acute tubular necrosis, Abnormal sperm (morphology, motility, and sperm count)
Trichloroethylene (TCE) Potential Effects Acute hepatocellular injury (Hepatitis) Scleroderma, Renal (kidney) cancer, Psychiatric disturbances, Lymphoma non ­Hodgkin's, Hepatocellular cancer (Liver cancer), Fetotoxicity (Miscarriage/spontaneous abortion; stillbirth), Decreased Coordination/ Dysequilibrium, Cirrhosis, Childhood Leukemias, Cardiac congenital malformations, Autoimmune antibodies, positive ANA, Arrhythmias Trigeminal neuropathy, Testicular cancer, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Raynaud's phenomenon, Prostate cancer, Peripheral neuropathy, Pancreatitis, Pancreatic cancer, Oral clefts (cleft lip and palate), Neural tube defects/CNS malformations, Nephrotic syndrome, Multiple myeloma, Lung cancer, Low birth weight/Small for Gestational Age, Immune suppression, Hodgkin's Disease (lymphoma), Genito­urinary malformations (includes cryptorchidism, hypospadias), Cognitive impairment (includes impaired learning, impaired memory, and decreased attention span), Choanal atresia, Cervical cancer, Brain cancer ­adult, Adult­-Onset Leukemias, ADD/ADHD, hyperactivity, Acute tubular necrosis
Vinyl chloride Potential Effects Vinyl chloride disease - Acro­osteolysis, Raynaud's phenomenon Thrombocytopenia, Scleroderma, Pulmonary fibrosis, Porphyria ­ toxic, Hepatoportal Sclerosis, Hepatocellular cancer (Liver cancer) Skin cancer (non­melanoma), Renal (kidney) cancer, Pancreatic cancer, Neural tube defects/CNS malformations, Lung cancer, Laryngeal cancer, Immune suppression, Hypertension, Erectile dysfunction, Breast cancer, Brain cancer ­adult, Autoimmune antibodies, positive ANA
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) Potential Effects Rhinitis ­ irritant - -

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.