Garden Grove, CA, May 9, 2012
Palo Alto’s Mountain View Voice published a story recently about concerns over toxic chemicals at a former military housing complex. Orion Park has been at the center of attention since trichloroethylene (TCE) was found in the groundwater and from samples taken from buildings on the site. The TCE is believed to have contaminated the site from the property’s years of military use.
According to the article, the U.S. Army’s draft site investigation recommends that the toxics found not be cleaned up by the Army. “The Army's position hinges on the claim that there was no on-site source of the toxics, which could put the cleanup responsibility on someone else,” stated the Mountain View Voice article.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “Acute (short-term) and chronic (long-term) inhalation exposure to trichloroethylene can affect the human central nervous system (CNS), with symptoms such as dizziness, headaches, confusion, euphoria, facial numbness, and weakness. Liver, kidney, immunological, endocrine, and developmental effects have also been reported in humans. A recent analysis of available epidemiological studies reports trichloroethylene exposure to be associated with several types of cancers in humans, especially kidney, liver, cervix, and lymphatic system.”
Vapor intrusion, when chemicals and gases enter a structure that is above contaminated soils and groundwater, can lead to serious health concerns for building occupants. “Unfortunately, TCE is found at many locations across the nation,” reported Joe Frasca, Senior Vice President, Marketing at LA Testing and EMSL Analytical, a leading environmental and vapor intrusion testing laboratory network. “It was used for industrial degreasing operations and in the past was often simply dumped. Today we are dealing with the aftermath. Fortunately there are testing methods to accurately determine if TCE is present in groundwater or in homes due to vapor intrusion,” he continued.
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