Thought all those problems with toxic groundwater and Superfund site cleanup was in the past? Guess again.
Turns out that parts of Mountain View are still dealing with problems from the TCE from not one but two different plumes. What kind of problems? Well, a higher incidence of non-Hodgkin Lymphoma than expected, according to the California Cancer Registry.
Now MEW can mean two different realty problems. Not only does it stand for Mortgage Equity Withdrawal, it also is an acronym for Middlefield-Ellis-Whisman, the area the EPA is monitoring for vapor intrusion. You see, there is too such a thing as being on the Wrong Side of Middlefield.
TCE (Tricoroethylene), a cleaning solvent that’s been sitting in the ground since the early days of the semiconductor industry, is the apparent culprit. Oh yeah, and the military dumped it as well. Vapor intrusion is when these chemicals lead to outgassing into buildings over the TCE plume in the ground. Researchers note it’s difficult to clean up because the area near Moffett Field is made up of… well, mud.
There is good news. The plume is migrating toward the Bay, away from residences. There’s also bad news: the plume is migrating toward the Bay.
Do you live near any of these problem areas, or know someone who does? How much would you overbid for the opportunity to meet cute EPA scientists or cancer researchers?
Or if this topic is way too depressing for you, talk about anything you’d like in this Open Thread. When you’re not worried about getting cancer from TCE, there’s always the Fantasy Slut League, coming to a high school near you!