‘Garbage’ chemical TCP threatens Valley water.
By Mark Grossi – The Fresno Bee
A chemical used widely in farm fumigant as “garbage” is threatens drinking water for more than 1 million people across the San Joaquin Valley. Now linked to cancer, the toxin was waste from a plastic-making process. Chemical companies often mix such leftovers to create other products to avoid the cost of disposal, says one long-time chemical engineer. The fumigant manufacturers, Dow and Shell Oil Co., discovered decades ago that TCP, trichloropropane was not effective against worms, It is a hazardous waste and not a pesticide, according to documents in lawsuits filed by a dozen Valley cities against the companies. The manufacturers already have agreed to a $13 million TCP settlement for Livingston in Merced County. TCP has been detected at much higher levels in more than 200 Valley drinking water wells.
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