Title

Trichloroethylene, the Silent Massacre Part II: Creating a Bill

Presenter Information

Terri Pace

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC 135

Start Date

17-5-2012

End Date

17-5-2012

Abstract

Trichloroethylene is used worldwide as a solvent. Case studies are proving that TCE is highly carcinogenic. This substance causes miscarriages, birth defects, heart, brain, skin, autoimmune system diseases, like Lupus, MS, nerve damage, blood, bone, and other types of cancer, especially renal cell carcinoma. US government laws are catching up by admitting responsibility to some of the victims of Camp Lejeune who were exposed to TCE in their drinking water. The statute of limitations on environmental degradation involving human harm must be changed. How does one challenge the United States Government to change such statutes? I believe that by proving that it is unconstitutional to have the current two to three year statute in each state, that it might be possible to change the current laws. I will start with the state of Oregon.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Rex Wirth, Matthew Altman, Ian Buvitt

Additional Mentoring Department

Political Science

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Trichloroethylene, the Silent Massacre Part II: Creating a Bill

SURC 135

Trichloroethylene is used worldwide as a solvent. Case studies are proving that TCE is highly carcinogenic. This substance causes miscarriages, birth defects, heart, brain, skin, autoimmune system diseases, like Lupus, MS, nerve damage, blood, bone, and other types of cancer, especially renal cell carcinoma. US government laws are catching up by admitting responsibility to some of the victims of Camp Lejeune who were exposed to TCE in their drinking water. The statute of limitations on environmental degradation involving human harm must be changed. How does one challenge the United States Government to change such statutes? I believe that by proving that it is unconstitutional to have the current two to three year statute in each state, that it might be possible to change the current laws. I will start with the state of Oregon.