KMOV is reporting that the DNR had tested 7 houses and 3 apartments near Overland for TCE contamination in Spring, 2012. All dwellings tested positive, and 3 of the homes showed elevated levels. The TCE contamination comes from an industrial spill that occurred in 1988 at the Missouri Metals LLC building located at 9970 Page. In 1988, it was known as EGG Missouri Metal Shaping. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources has been working on the case since 1994. According to KSDK, a meeting was held for residents on August 9 in which residents were informed how much they have been exposed to, for how long, and what toll the exposure could have taken on them.

According to the CDC Trichloroethylene, or TCE, is a colorless liquid which is used as a solvent for cleaning metal parts. Long-term exposure to TCE at elevated levels is linked to nervous system effects, liver and lung damage, abnormal heartbeat, coma, and possibly death. TCE is also a known carcinogen. TCE is not only found in the groundwater, but in vapor form, which can travel from the groundwater, through the soil, and into homes.

We will be monitoring this situation closely. While I do not represent anyone in this matter, I am located in St. Louis, Missouri, and I do represent hundreds of similarly situated people around the country in environmental litigation cases, including cases regarding TCE contamination. To find out if The Simon Law Firm can help with an environmental litigation case, contact environmental lawyer Todd Hageman.