From The Mercury, a news article about the Environmental protection agency regarding the additional cleanup of chemicals believed to be cancer causing.

LOWER POTTSGROVE — The Environmental Protection Agency intends to monitor for two additional dangerous chemicals in the groundwater as a result of its oversight of the clean-up of the Occidental Chemical site off Armand Hammer Boulevard.

Part of a family of chemicals called “volatile organic compounds,” “tetrachloroethylene is a manufactured chemical that is widely used for dry cleaning of fabrics and for metal-degreasing. It is also used to make other chemicals and is used in some consumer products.Other names for tetrachloroethylene include perchloroethylene, PCE, and tetrachloroethene,”  according to federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

“The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has determined that tetrachloroethylene may reasonably be anticipated to be a carcinogen. Tetrachloroethylene has been shown to cause liver tumors in mice and kidney tumors in male rats,” ATSDR reports

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