In a new report by the EPA, covered in the video below, a 1/2-mile-wide plume of trichloroethylene (TCE), PCE and vinyl chloride is polluting an area near a toxic Superfund site and contaminating a section of residential Mountain View, California.
The EPA test results come from the air and groundwater around the Middlefield, Ellis, Whisman Superfund site. Even though the results are being released now, the plume has been 30 years in the making and can cause serious health problems including cancer and child deformities.
It was not until a local investigative unit began asking questions that an independent probe was launched by the Cancer Prevention Institute of California, according to an NBCBayArea.com report:
The chemical of most concern and most quantity in the toxic underground plume is a chemical called trichloroethylene, known as TCE. It’s a cleaning solvent once commonly used by the military and the budding semi-conducting industry 30 years ago.
The EPA says that TCE is a toxic solvent that causes cancer in people and heart deformities in unborn babies.
The higher than expected incidence of these cancers occurred during the years 1996 to 2005.
Now the EPA admits that until recently it had somehow missed some “hot spots” of higher than acceptable levels of TCE in groundwater and in the air in several homes and more than 20 commercial buildings in the area. (Source)
The EPA’s record of ignoring, downplaying, or “missing” environmental damage and the health effects on humans is unparalleled. From major events such as 9/11, the Exxon and Gulf oil spills to the worst case, Fukushima, they also have decidedly leaned toward letting Monsanto and Big Ag run wild.
Despite this dire report finally being released, they once again have shown their organization to be one of the least trustworthy and flat out dangerous government agencies.
- EPA finds higher-than-expected levels of toxic chemical in air and water near Superfund site (rawstory.com)
- EPA findings at toxic California Superfund site concern area residents (usnews.nbcnews.com)
- EPA Lags Again as Parts of California Contaminated for Decades by Cancerous Toxic Vapor (activistpost.com)
- EPA: Parts of California Contaminated by Toxic Vapor (newsy.com)
- EPA: Parts of California Contaminated by Toxic Vapor (on.aol.com)
- Google’s Dirty Secret (huffingtonpost.com)
- Toxic Vapors Found in Google Offices (salem-news.com)
- Google Buildings Polluted With Toxic Vapors From Chemical Spills (forbes.com)
- Google office threatened by toxic vapors from Silicon Valley’s early days (theverge.com)