Connecticut Department of Public Health issues warning

The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) recently issued a health alert on the dangers of Trichlororoethylene (TCE) and the risks it poses for pregnant women.

TCE is a chlorinated solvent primarily used to degrease metals and machinery. The tracking of certain toxic chemicals (Toxic Release Inventory) by the EPA suggests TCE can be found in various Connecticut businesses. In these establishments, workers can be impacted by TCE through inhalation or skin absorption even if they are not working directly with the chemical.

Although studies of the chemical's impact has produced mixed results, there is concern over its impact on fetal development.

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