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on Jan 4, 2014
Daniel and the MV Voice. This is another excellent (IMO) article on this continuing community legacy problem. It's important. It's good journalism. It's informative. I especially liked the detailed and easy-to-understand maps (paper edition) showing the outlines of the problem areas. I'm a visual learner - I understand more by 'crude' maps [ :) Nick ] than a paragraph or two of words! This helps me (as a school Trustee) see how close the problems are to the Whisman School site, and if it will be a public policy problem for MVWSD.
TCE is not the only hazardous chemical that ends up in sewage pipes. Every entity connected to a sewer is permitted to discharge any amount of hazardous or acute hazardous waste, as long as the discharging industry complies with a one-time annual notification requirement. For a partial list of hazardous wastes that end up in sewage treatment plants and after processing, in land-applied sludges, see
Is anybody looking for cancer clusters or cases of polycythemia vera or other TCE-related illnesses here?
That would be interesting.
A very simple medical survey could easily determine to what extent this TCE plume is affecting residents of Mountain View. Miscarriages, non-genetic birth defects, leukemia, breast cancer, and non-genetic polycythemia vera are all linked to exposure.
Unlike the highly unscientific catalog of supposed adverse health effects from second-hand cigarette smoke, the health threat from TCE exposure is unsubtle and eminently verifiable.
to old ben
my daughter lives on sherland and is having difficulty gathering more info and is at a stand-off with the EPA. there are too many instances of cancer, i.e. non-hodgkins, leukemia, breast cancer in that area. serious instances and death in a cluster there.
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