The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has discovered a highly toxic chemical in the groundwater at a former nuclear missile site in Colorado. Bellvue residents are expressing concern over the discovery of trichloroethylene (TCE)
, as many families have been forced to stop use of area water wells. According to the Corp of Engineers study, samples taken from the site, which lies 10 miles north of Fort Collins, contain TCE at a level 28 times higher than what health officials deem safe. Trichloroethylene, an industrial solvent, was used to clear residual fuel from the 82-foot Atlas E Series missile during the early 1960s. The Bellvue site was closed down in 1965 when the military upgraded to a more advanced nuclear weapon.
TCE can cause serious health problems. For instance, trichloroethylene may be carcinogenic. In addition, breathing elevated levels of trichloroethylene or inhalation of the substance over an extended period of time may cause heart problems
; nerve, lung
, and liver damage
; and death
. Breathing small amounts of trichloroethylene over a short duration can cause headaches
, lung irritation, dizziness
, poor coordination, and difficulty concentrating.
Investigators fear the TCE plume may be moving toward the Cache la Poudre River, which supplies water to more than 230,000 people in Fort Collins and Greeley.
See your doctor if you have experienced serious health problems because of trichloroethylene exposure. In addition, it may be important to contact an attorney
who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits
within which you must commence suit.
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