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Trichloroethylene, or TCE, is used primarily as a solvent to remove grease from metal parts. You can also find it in adhesives, paint removers and spot removers.
Although researchers don’t think TCE occurs naturally in the environment, it has been found in underground water sources. Scientists believe this happens as a result of the manufacturing and disposal process. TCE can enter air and groundwater if it is not disposed of properly or leaks into the ground.
TCE is considered a carcinogen to humans in all its forms. You can be exposed through contaminated air, water, and food. Its dangers can be life threatening.
In the short-term, exposure to TCE may cause:
Over time, serious and life-threatening complications can arise. These include:
Manufacturers are responsible for disposing of their solvents properly. If their negligence has compromised your health, it may be worth your while to consult a lawyer.
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