In 1998, health officials in Beaverton, Oregon discovered trichloroethlyene (TCE) contamination in a water well serving employees of a local toy company factory. The View-Master toy plant, which moved operations to Mexico in 2000, was leased and operated by Mattel Inc. when officials discovered the solvent's presence. Drums of degreaser waste were reportedly dumped on-site from the 1950s through the 1970s when Sawyers, Inc. and GAF Corporation owned and operated the factory. The plant began recycling the spent solvent in the 1970s and discontinued the large-scale use of TCE in 1980.
Based on examination of the site's hydrology, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) has estimated that TCE was present in the View-Master plant supply well for more than 20 years. Soon after this contamination was discovered, the View-Master supply well was shut down.
Trichloroethylene 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.
Ingestion of trichloroethylene may cause nausea
; liver and kidney damage; nervous system and immune system problems
; convulsions; impaired fetal development; heart problems; coma; and death.
See your doctor if you have experienced serious health problems because of trichloroethylene exposure at the Hall Street facility in Beaverton, Oregon. 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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- Balance Problems: Overview
- Birth Defects
- Coma: Overview
- Eye Disorders
- Head, Spinal Cord, Brain & Nerve Disorders: Overview
- Heart Problems
- Kidney Failure
- Liver Problems
- Lung & Airway Disorders
- Nausea: Overview
- Seizures: Overview