More Homes in St. Louis County Test Positive for Cancer Causing Toxin

OVERLAND, Mo. (KMOX) — A toxic chemical tied to an old manufacturing site is contaminating the atmosphere inside several St. Louis County homes.

New test results show at least 5 homes in the Elmwood neighborhood near Overland have elevated levels of TCE (Trichloroethylene), a chemical that can cause cancer and chronic disease.

According to KMOV TV, the danger stems from Missouri Metals, a manufacturing plant near the neighborhood.

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are installing special ventilation systems to rid affected homes of the dangerous chemical.

Though the EPA stresses that the there is no  immediate threat – some residents living near the plant have already moved out of their homes. Others have reportedly hired attorneys.

Perkin Elmer is the parent company of Missouri Metals — and is paying for all cleanup, testing, and mitigation.


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