The more studies done about the chemical TCE, the more scientists find it to be toxic to multiple organs of the body, and possibly carcinogenic.
That's why a House subcommittee wants to know why the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (a.k.a. ATSDR) hasn't conducted health studies in communities where people have been exposed by drinking tainted water or breathing fumes released by tainted groundwater, according to USA Today.
The solvent trichloroethylene, used widely in industry and military manufacturing for decades, is among the most common contaminants at toxic waste sites. Even at harmful levels it can be colorless and odorless, leading people to be exposed for years without realizing it.
The issue brings up a common point of tension in polluted neighborhoods. Communities want answers to their health questions. They want to know if illnesses have been caused, or are likely to be caused, by exposure to pollutants. Public health science often doesn't have those answers.
The House committee aims to make sure the ATSDR is doing everything possible, as it should.
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