EPA releases final human health assessment for TCE

Originally published by International Law Office.

On September 28 2011 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its final human health assessment for trichloroethylene (TCE). The EPA found “convincing evidence” of a causal link between TCE exposure and kidney cancer, and a strong link between TCE exposure and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, as well as some evidence of association between TCE exposure and other cancers.

TCE was used extensively as a degreaser and a solvent, and is one of the most prevalent contaminants in the United States. It is found in soil and groundwater at numerous Superfund sites, and its presence has led to the closure of water supply wells around the country, including on Long Island. TCE also can vaporise into the air when it is present in soil or groundwater. In some cases this has led to ‘vapour intrusion’ – that is, the presence of TCE in the indoor air of buildings overlying TCE-contaminated soil….

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