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Pensacola Naval Air Station

Naval Air Station Pensacola is the primary training base for aviators serving in the Marines, Navy, and Coast Guard. Its history as a Navy yard goes back to 1825; the aeronautical station was added prior to World War I. During World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, many aviators were trained here, and many naval planes were repaired.

The efficiency of Naval Air Station Pensacola, as well as the innovations that have been developed there, have had unfortunate side effects, however. The area has been declared a Superfund site by the Environmental Protection Agency due to high levels of air and water pollution. People who have worked there may have been exposed to a number of hazards, including asbestos.

Asbestos and the Pensacola Naval Air Station

Anyone who served in the Navy from the 1930s through the 1970s has potentially been exposed to asbestos. Because of its relatively low cost, the Navy chose to use asbestos in a variety of ways during this time period. Materials on ships and planes that commonly contained asbestos include:

  • Sheet metal
  • Wiring and piping insulation
  • Gaskets
  • Clutches and accelerators
  • Cement
  • Floor coatings

When these materials were used to construct or repair ships or planes, asbestos dust was often released into the air. This dust contains small but sharp fibers that can be inhaled, causing serious damage to the lungs. Over time, this damage can develop into major health conditions like asbestosis, lung cancer, or the cancer mesothelioma.

These diseases do not become symptomatic shortly after asbestos exposure occurs. Instead, they can develop slowly for years or even decades before they are diagnosed. As a result, many veterans of World War II and the Korean War are only now being diagnosed with mesothelioma and other asbestos-related conditions.

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