Contaminated groundwater plumes lead to cancer-causing chemical found in homes

Posted at 6:16 PM, Mar 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-29 18:18:30-04

A number of homes in a Brighton neighborhood are being tested for a cancer-causing chemical after it was detected in the air inside five homes in the area of 7th and Main.

The chemical, Trichloroethylene or TCE, was reportedly used in the 1940s by a factory that operated on the north side of the neighborhood. The company has closed, and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has tried to mitigate the spread of the chemical in groundwater, but problems still exist. 

Plumes of the contaminate have been detected in the groundwater under a number of homes in the area. And testing is now underway in about two dozen homes. 

Remediation and air purifying systems are being used in homes where the dangerous chemical has been detected.

Environmental experts with the MDEQ are also working on a long term solution as they continue to try to capture the chemical underground.