An article from PennLive.com is reporting that six wells in the area surrounding Rose Valley Lake in Lycoming County have been contaminated with TCE (trichloroethylene). One well registered 17 parts per-billion, over three times the statewide health standard of five parts per-billion. DEP officials are unsure as to the source of the contamination and have distributed bottled water to the affected homes.
“The real obvious answer is somebody dumped trichloroethylene at some point in the past five to 25 years in the middle of nowhere Pennsylvania where no one lives. It makes a lot of sense, ‘I’m just going to get rid of this terrible thing where no one is going to find it until people move in,'” Steve Brady, a local resident affected by the contamination told WNEP.
Trichloroethylene is a VOC (volatile organic compound) and is “carcinogenic to humans by all routes of exposure”, according to the EPA. The most common type of exposure by vapor released while using contaminated water to shower or bathe. These vapors are more are breathed in through the lungs where it enters the bloodstream and moves through various organ systems.
Short term exposure to small amounts of TCE can affect the fetus in expecting mothers, while short term exposure to large amounts can cause drowsiness, light headedness, headaches and respiratory irritation. Chronic or long-term exposure has been associated to problems in the kidneys, liver, central nervous system and immune system. TCE is a carcinogen, having been linked to cancers such as non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, liver cancer, kidney cancer, cervical cancer and multiple myeloma.
If you or your loved one has developed medical conditions due to water contaminated with trichloroethylene, contact our water contamination lawyers at Williams Cedar at 215-557-0099 or contact us online. We serve clients in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and nationwide.