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From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:37:13 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-brownfields
Subject: [CPEO-BIF] IBM leaving plume behind in Essex Junction, Vermont
IBM Leaving Town, But Still On Hook For Environmental Clean Up

By Peter Hirschfeld
Vermont Public Radio
October 21, 2014

The groundwater sitting below IBM’s massive campus in Essex Junction still bears the chemical stains of the plant’s past. The company announced this week its selling the plant , but it still bears responsibility for the clean-up.

The offending compound is called TCE - short for tetrachloroethylene [sic] - and back in the 50s, 60s and 70s, IBM used it by the truckload. David Mears, commissioner of the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, says TCE turned out to be toxic stuff.

"It's the longer term risks of exposure that are more significant, that even at low levels some of the chemicals are found to pose carcinogenic risks," Mears says.


For the entire article, see
http://digital.vpr.net/post/ibm-leaving-town-still-hook-environmental- clean


Lenny Siegel
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