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ICBM Cancer Study Finds No High Levels of Hazardous Chemicals at Vandenberg

April 23, 2024

Chris Gordon

Air & Space Forces Magazine

Senior Airman Ian Dudley, 30th Space Wing Public Affairs photojournalist, photographs an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile during an operational test at 2:10 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Ian Dudley

By Chris Gordon, Air & Space Forces Magazine / April 22, 2024

The Air Force found no significant evidence of harmful chemicals at Vandenberg Space Force Base, Calif., as part of its ongoing Missile Community Cancer Study, the service said on April 22.

Samples collected in February found “no instances of contamination above regulatory action level.” 

The sampling of Vandenberg focused on polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are possible carcinogens. Three of the 116 PCB tests returned positive results—two at a Missile Alert Facility at the base and another at a Launch Facility. VOCs were detected in one sample.

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