Careful What You Eat & Breathe
Traces of the airplane engine degreaser TCE, that has contaminated the groundwater around a Utah air base since 1987, have been found in fruit grown nearby. TCE causes cancer in laboratory rats, but has not been linked to cancer in humans.
Utah State University researchers found trichloroethylene in about 90 percent of fruit grown in the yards of nine nearby homes. Scientists at Hill Air Force Base say there is no immediate health risk but will continue investigating, says Steve Hicken, an environmental engineer at the base.