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Potential Health Hazards From TCE Contamination

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MILLSBORO, Del.-  A water contamination problem dating back to late 2004 and 2005 in Sussex County could have some negative health effects for those exposed to that water.

It was in 2004 that Trichloroethylene, or TCE, from a former poultry vaccine manufacturing plant leaked into the Millsboro water supply.

According to a recent report released by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, pregnant women exposed to that contaminated water may have increased the likelihood for adverse fetal cardiac effects.

The report also found that children and adults who drank the water could have adverse effects to their kidneys.

Olga Drake has been a resident of Millsboro since before the contamination and was frightened to learn the news about the report's finding.

"I'm worried about the health of my kids and myself," said Drake.

The water treatment plant in Millsboro has had a carbon filtration system installed since the contamination to remove the TCE.  However, Drake said she takes no chances. She continues to boil and filter her water before serving it to her family.

"I still don't believe it. There might be still something in the water and they are going to come up in another three years and say it is still contaminated," said Drake.

The registry's report found with the filtration system and continued monitoring of TCE by the Town of Millsboro, there shouldn't not be any more problems for local residents.

Joyetta Perry lives just across the street from the treatment facility and believes the town is doing everything it can for the residents.

"I trust it. I mean, I see them out here all the time doing testing and I haven't had any problems with it so far plus they've replace the pipes and everything so I feel pretty safe," said Perry.

The report from the ATSDR also found those exposed to the TCE between 2004 and 2005 have a low increased risk of cancer effects from the contaminated water.

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