Two new fact sheets on TCE vapor mitigation and health effects

posted Oct 8, 2014, 8:24 AM by Stephanie Hankerson   [ updated Oct 28, 2014, 11:21 AM ]
Many residents’ homes in Como have been tested for trichloroethylene vapors and now have mitigation systems installed. However, residents had continuing questions about what it means for their health. Community members asked for more information, in plain language, about what the TCE exposure means for them. Carly Rickett was recruited for this assignment by the UMN School of Public Health, at the request of the University District Alliance and Southeast Como neighborhood leaders. Ms. Rickett immersed herself in the issue and met with community members and technical experts. She is coordinated her work with the public agencies involved in the issue. Betsy Wattenberg and Peter Raynor, Associate Professors in Environmental Health Sciences, are faculty advisors on the project. Below are the resulting two fact sheets created by Carly using input and questions brought forth at 2 community meetings in July 2014.

The fact Sheet on Health Effects provides helpful answers about pregnancy and infant exposure, the risk of developing cancer, male reproductive system, potential effects of TCE in very high concentrations (occupational exposure), as well as information about where TCE is likely to be found. There's also an explanation of the Environmental Protection Agency's work to establish the safe levels of TCE exposure.

The fact sheet on Vapor Mitigation Systems goes into more detail on the TCE readings which establish the need for a home mitigation system. It also explains the process of designing individual mitigation systems and discusses the safety of indoor air after the system is installed.