Location: Yuma, AZ 85365
Years of Operation: 1928-Present
The Marine Corps base in Yuma was first established in 1928 and became an air base during World War II. At the time, it was one of the busiest flight training centers in the United States. After briefly closing after the war, the base once again became active in 1951. Since then, the bases main goal has been aerial weapons training for the Navy and Pacific Fleet Marine Forces. The Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron-1 and Third MAW units are also present. Currently, there are nearly 4,000 service members and almost 7,000 family members living on base.
The following chart outlines the toxins associated with this military location and the potential effects of exposure.*
|Asbestos||Lung problems, cancer|
|Perchloroethylene (PCE)||Mood changes, memory changes, vision issues, skin irritation, headaches, coordination issues, neurological issues, cancer (source)|
|Trichloroethylene (TCE)||Immune system damage, kidney disfunction, respiratory issues, neurological effects, dizziness, behavioral changes, heart damage in unborn children (source, source|
|Dichloroethylene (DCE)||Liver, kidney, and lung problems (source)|
If you lived or worked at the Yuma Marine Corps Air Station and 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.