What is TCE?

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), trichloroethylene (TCE), perchloroethylene (PCE) and trichloroethane (TCA) are the most frequently detected volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) in ground water in the United States. Due to its unique properties and solvent effects, TCE has been widely used as an ingredient in industrial cleaning solutions and as a “universal” degreasing agent.

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1. What is TCE?
2. What are the health concerns of TCE in drinking water?
3. What amount of TCE in drinking water is safe?
4. Does Edina have dangerous levels of TCE in its drinking water?
5. Where is the TCE coming from?
6. Should I be concerned about the Washington D.C.-based Environmental Working Group’s report showing TCE in Edina’s drinking water?
7. Does the City do anything to reduce the level of TCE in its water?
8. The Environmental Working Group's report references results of tests in 2011-2015. Can I view more recent tests?
9. Where can I get more information?