Trichloroethene (TCE) Exposure
Trichloroethylene (TCE) is a nonflammable, colorless liquid with a somewhat sweet odor and a sweet, burning taste. It is used mainly as a solvent to remove grease from metal parts, but it is also an ingredient in adhesives, paint removers, correction fluids, and spot removers.
TCE is not thought to occur naturally in the environment. However, it has been found in underground water sources and many surface waters due to the manufacture, use, and disposal of the chemical. Drinking or breathing high levels of TCE may cause nervous system effects, liver and lung damage, abnormal heartbeat, coma, and possibly death.
1-800-LAW-FIRM is an advocate and leader in protecting the public from contaminated drinking water. TCE was found in at least 852 of the 1,430 National Priorities List sites identified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). A recent study of public water supplies found unsafe levels of chemicals in the water consumed daily by 6 million people. Unfortunately, that number represents only the tip of the iceberg when you factor in the number of people whose water was not tested as part of the study, including those who consume contaminated water from private wells, or people whose water is at risk of being contaminated.