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.*
|Dichloroethanes||Potential Effects||-||-||Immune suppression|
|Heavy metals (misc.)||Potential Effects||Pneumonitis hypersensitivity||-||Multiple myeloma|
|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, Adultonset 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, Adultonset 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.