2008 CPEO Brownfields List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 5 May 2008 07:22:09 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-brownfields
Subject: [CPEO-BIF] Perkasie, Pennsylvania groundwater
Families have lived for decades with TCE

The Intelligencer (PA)
May 5, 2008

The neighborhood looks harmless enough, with well-maintained homes and dozens of tall, sturdy trees that have grown up right along with it.

The danger here lies in what cannot be seen. It’s about 200 feet underground and has festered there since the time this cluster of homes in Perkasie, along Cedar View Avenue and Evergreen Lane, a cul-de-sac that spills into Cedar View, was constructed in the mid-1970s.

Even if it were above ground, out in the open, the danger would be difficult to recognize. It would look like water, colorless, but with a slightly sweet odor and a sweet, but burning taste. A potentially deadly taste, because drinking it or even breathing it could cause nervous system effects, liver and lung damage, abnormal heartbeat, coma and possibly death.

It is trichloroethylene, or TCE.


Katz Builders has a stake as well, since it wants to build nine homes on nearby Fifth Street and needs a public water line to make it happen.


For the entire article, see


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041
Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545
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