2020 CPEO Brownfields List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Thu, 6 Feb 2020 21:35:08 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-brownfields
Subject: [CPEO-BIF] TCE from Ketema, El Cajon, California
Toxic chemical secretly dumped in El Cajon is making residents sick

by Andrew Nomura
Fox 5 San Diego (CA)
February 1, 2020

EL CAJON, Calif. -- Several El Cajon residents believe a toxic chemical in the ground is making them sick.

The Department of Toxic Substances Control addressed their concerns at a community meeting held at Magnolia Elementary School Saturday evening.

Representatives with the agency explained Senior Aerospace Ketema (formerly Ametek) had secretly dumped thousands of pounds of a chemical degreaser into a pit, resulting in trichloroethylene -- or TCE -- exposure. The chemical then got into the ground water and contaminated the soil and indoor air.

The contamination is affecting Magnolia Elementary and three nearby mobile home parks.

During the meeting, agency representatives listed symptoms associated with TCE exposure, which include headache, dizziness, skin irritation, bronchial irritation and blurry vision.


For the entire article, see


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director
Center for Public Environmental Oversight
A project of the Pacific Studies Center
P.O. Box 998, Mountain View, CA 94042
Voice/Fax: 650-961-8918

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