How can I be exposed to TCE?

TCE that is spilled on the ground can travel down through the soil into groundwater. It can also leach or seep out of poorly constructed landfills and disposal sites. TCE can remain in groundwater for a long time. It can also be discharged in industrial wastewaters. TCE evaporates quickly from these surface waters but some may stick to particles and settle in the sediment.

Page last reviewed: December 29, 2015