According to the environmental officials from Michigan, more than 100 homes in Brighton are set to be tested over the deadly chemical leading to develop cancer.
The poisonous chemical, trichloroethylene (TCE) was discovered in the air at five homes located around an old manufacturing site dating since decades in Brighton, due to which the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has declared to conduct the testing.
Since, the more toxic chemical was also previously found in the air of another neighborhood, around Whitmore Lake Road, of which the plume size and specific location has been disclosed by the officials.
Among the 100 homes enlisted for the toxic air testing, 40 were already lined up and now over 60 Brighton homes are added to the list of trichloroethylene testing locations. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has received nearly $250,000 as funds for getting purifying systems to every home at the location with higher trichloroethylene levels and collecting air and soil samples.
However, the state has already spent nearly $100,000 for the area from Brighton High School to the former Lindbom Elementary. In addition to it, the department received $130,000 more as emergency funds to keep the investigation active to the total $230,000.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that, “Trichloroethylene, or TCE is used mainly as a solvent to remove grease from metal parts, but it is also an ingredient in adhesives, paint removers, typewriter correction fluids, and spot removers.”
Environmental health director at the Livingston County Health Department, Matt Bolang notified that trichloroethylene if present in higher levels, it can be potentially harmful to unborn babies in wombs, which is the carcinogen that causes cancer.