We had previously blogged that the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) had tested 9 homes for TCE in the Elmwood neighborhood, near Overland, Missouri. Of those homes, all tested positive and 3 of the homes showed dangerous levels. KMOV is reporting that some residents are immediately moving out in fear of the contamination. DNR knew of the 1988 spill in 1994, if not sooner. However, the first neighborhood meeting where residents were informed of the contamination was in August, 2012 at the request of St. Louis County Executive Charles Dooley. Four weeks ago, the DNR asked the EPA to get involved.
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.