New HHS Dept Report Now Lists TCE as Human Carcinogen

A newly released report from the US Dept of Health and Human Services highlights the dangers faced by so many for decades aboard US Military installations. It now officially lists Trichloroethylene, or TCE as a human carcinogen.

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TCE is a primary pollutant at Camp Lejeune and other Superfund Sites, and is known to be a primary driver for exposure-related acute leukemia. TCE in drinking water and soil vapor caused my father’s acute leukemia that took his life in 2008. I launched Civilian Exposure as a direct result of this, in order to increase awareness, accountability and assistance for ALL exposed aboard these bases. Many, like my father, worked or served aboard these bases for decades and never knew. Many still do not know to this day. Little, if anything, is being done.

TCE, according to the report, is described as –

“an industrial solvent primarily used to make hydrofluorocarbon chemicals” — is now classified as carcinogenic to humans. “There are many ways people can be exposed to TCE,” according to the report. “It can be released into the air, water and soil at places where it is produced or used. It breaks down slowly and can move readily through the soil to make its way into underground drinking water sources. Because of its widespread use as a metal degreasing agent to maintain military equipment, it has been found in the groundwater at many military and Superfund sites.”

Also, according to the report summary:

“Since 2000, TCE had been listed as reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen. However, numerous new human studies showing a causal association between TCE exposure and an increased cancer risk have led NTP to reevaluate and reclassify TCE to the category of known to be a human carcinogen”

For the rest of the story, and the full report, use the following links:

CNN Story –

NIH – 14th Report on Carcinogents –


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Civilian Exposure is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization/public charity working to Build Awareness, Accountability and Assistance for Civilians Exposed to Camp Lejeune Water Contamination and all citizens exposed to any toxic contamination aboard all U.S. military installations. The effort continues to inform civilian employees and others affected by contamination to receive both the guidance and the justice they deserve.

About the Founder
A 20-year veteran of media, marketing, non-profits and entrepreneurship, Gavin P. Smith leads Civilian Exposure, a non-profit assisting civilians and veterans exposed to U.S. military contamination; the Keta Foundation, a collaborative foundation dedicated to mitigating modern slavery through economic improvement projects in Africa; and Gavin Consulting, a network of virtual experts serving global clients; He is also a former member of the CDC/ATSDR Camp Lejeune Community Assistance Panel. Mr. Smith holds a Master of Global Management with distinction (Beta Gamma Sigma) from Thunderbird School of Global Management, an MBA from The College of William & Mary Mason School of Business and a BA in History from Wake Forest University.

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