Clean water is a cornerstone of good health—a fundamental need that should be met without question. Yet, this vital resource is under siege by a silent but deadly contaminant: trichloroethylene, or TCE. This industrial solvent, a known carcinogen, lurks in the tap water of over 19 million Americans, posing serious health risks including cancer, kidney and liver damage, and reproductive issues.
What is TCE?
TCE is not just any chemical; it’s one with a notorious legacy. It gained infamy through the book and film “A Civil Action,” which highlighted its devastating impact on a community. This solvent has been used for degreasing metal parts in manufacturing processes for decades, with little regard for the health repercussions now coming to light.
The Current Crisis
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has released an updated interactive map showing widespread TCE contamination in drinking water systems across the United States—now affecting an estimated 19 million people. The map’s addition of 243 new TCE detections since 2018 underscores a growing crisis that demands immediate attention.
The EPA’s Stance
In a pivotal move, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a ban on most uses of TCE. This long-overdue step is in alignment with President Biden’s Cancer Moonshot initiative, aiming to significantly reduce the prevalence of cancer and to protect communities from hazardous chemicals.
The Human Cost
Behind the numbers lie real stories of those affected. Families have faced unexplained illnesses, with some reporting severe health conditions potentially linked to TCE exposure. The fear and uncertainty that come with such a diagnosis can be overwhelming, leading to sleepless nights and anxiety about the very substance that sustains life—water.
The Risks Beyond Drinking Water
The threat of TCE extends beyond drinking water. Vapor intrusion from contaminated soil and groundwater can expose residents to harmful levels of TCE in their homes, schools, and workplaces. Superfund sites across the country, many located near military bases, are hotspots for TCE pollution, making it imperative for residents to be vigilant and proactive in protecting their health.
What Can You Do?
We urge you to take action. If you live in an area affected by TCE:
- Consider Installing Filters: Carbon-based filters can effectively reduce TCE in your drinking water. It’s a step worth taking for peace of mind.
- Test Your Water: If you use a private well, have your water tested regularly for TCE and other contaminants. Knowledge is the first step toward protection.
- Stay Informed: Keep abreast of updates from the EPA and local health departments. Awareness can lead to prevention.
- Seek Legal Counsel: If you believe your health has been impacted by TCE exposure, reach out to us. We’re here to provide the legal support you need.
Joining Forces for Clean Water
At OnderLaw, we’re driven by the belief that everyone deserves access to clean and safe drinking water. We stand ready to fight alongside you, demanding the justice and transparency you deserve. Together, we can work toward a future where such threats are eliminated, and public health is secured. If you or a loved one have been affected by contaminated water, contact our team of expert attorneys today for your free, no-obligation consultation.