Title

Trichloroethylene: The Silent Massacre

Presenter Information

Terri Pace

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Location

SURC 137A

Start Date

16-5-2013

End Date

16-5-2013

Abstract

Trichloroethylene (TCE) is used worldwide as a solvent and was disposed of in ways that caused disease clusters nationwide. TCE is highly carcinogenic, causing miscarriages, birth defects, heart, brain, skin, autoimmune system diseases, Lupus, multiple sclerosis, nerve damage, and blood and bone cancers such as Leukemia and Renal Cell Carcinoma as well as creating defective DNA in offspring. Case studies like Woburn, the Love Canal, Camp Lejeune, McCall, and countless clusters of disease including the Mattel/Hall Street case in Beaverton, were cause for new laws and policies such as “Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012,” and “Trevor’s Law”. Results of my research indicate that the history of laws concerning TCE brings to light that the statutes of limitation on exposure to hazardous materials do block victims from compensation that have been injured or become ill because of toxic poisoning by blatant negligence of corporations and/or our government. I want to change that.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Rex Wirth

Additional Mentoring Department

Political Science

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Trichloroethylene: The Silent Massacre

SURC 137A

Trichloroethylene (TCE) is used worldwide as a solvent and was disposed of in ways that caused disease clusters nationwide. TCE is highly carcinogenic, causing miscarriages, birth defects, heart, brain, skin, autoimmune system diseases, Lupus, multiple sclerosis, nerve damage, and blood and bone cancers such as Leukemia and Renal Cell Carcinoma as well as creating defective DNA in offspring. Case studies like Woburn, the Love Canal, Camp Lejeune, McCall, and countless clusters of disease including the Mattel/Hall Street case in Beaverton, were cause for new laws and policies such as “Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012,” and “Trevor’s Law”. Results of my research indicate that the history of laws concerning TCE brings to light that the statutes of limitation on exposure to hazardous materials do block victims from compensation that have been injured or become ill because of toxic poisoning by blatant negligence of corporations and/or our government. I want to change that.