|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Wed, 19 Feb 2014 20:46:09 -0800 (PST)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-BIF] "Cancer-causing chemical PCE contaminates Colorado soil, water and homes"|
Cancer-causing chemical PCE contaminates Colorado soil, water and homes By Bruce Finley Denver Post (CO) February 19, 2014 Spills releasing PCE, the cancer-causing chemical used in dry cleaning and metal degreasing, have produced at least 86 underground plumes across Colorado that are poisoning soil and water and fouling air inside buildings. Cleaning up this chemical is a nightmare — a lesson in the limits of repairing environmental harm. The best that Colorado health enforcers and responsible parties have been able to do is keep the PCE they know about from reaching people. But based on a review of Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment case files, people likely have been exposed. For years, PCE (perchloroethylene or perc) penetrated homes and a church in Denver's Cole neighborhood, forcing installation of ventilators. It contaminated municipal drinking water wells near Colorado Springs. It reached rooms where toddlers play at an Aurora day care. And PCE is spreading under a central Denver Safeway at levels far exceeding health standards. … For the entire article, see http://www.denverpost.com/environment/ci_25095832/cancer-causing-pce-contaminating-colorado-soil-water-homes -- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope Street Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650-961-8918 or 650-969-1545 Fax: 650-961-8918 LSiegel@cpeo.org http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Brownfields mailing list Brownfields@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/brownfields-cpeo.org
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