Dangerous health carcinogens have been discovered in Anaheim
Soil and air samples taken at Anaheim showed the presence of chemicals that are carcinogens and toxic to humans.
The Department of Toxic Substances Control reported the detection of the chemicals trichloroethylene and tetrachloroethylene in soil and air samples at 60 E. Orangethorpe Avenue, Anaheim. This information, with explanations and recommendations, he released on the Orange County website. It is noted that some of the chemicals may have toxic health effects.
What does that mean?
One of the contaminants detected is trichloroethylene (TCE), which is widely used in industry as a degreasing agent. Pregnant women in the first trimester are particularly vulnerable to this chemical compound. As it can cause heart defects in the developing fetus. Prolonged contact with this substance can also increase the risk of kidney cancer and other types of cancers. Levels of TCE in indoor air at this address exceed acceptable USEPA standards.
Another substance detected is tetrachloroethylene (PCE), which is used as a solvent for dry cleaning and degreasing. USEPA has identified cancer and non-cancer risks associated with PCE exposure. Levels of this substance in the air of the specified room are also greater than normal.
The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Substances Act of 1986 requires responsible agencies to inform the public of the potential health effects of such chemicals.
"Various measures can be used to reduce the risk of inhaling these chemicals. These include increased ventilation, sealing holes in the floor, indoor air treatment or temporary relocation," the agency said.
And they note: the level of chemicals at this facility can be dangerous to the people there. "However, it is unlikely to pose a risk to surrounding neighborhoods or the general population."
In addition, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has developed special fact sheets about the chemicals mentioned. If you are interested, you can read them at www.atsdr.cdc.gov: here and here , respectively.
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