State and local health officials announced Monday that cancer-causing chemicals have been found in the soil, groundwater and air at a former plating facility on Pomona Street in Santa Ana.
The state Department of Toxic Substances Control found several carcinogenic chemicals at 1224 E. Pomona St., according to the Orange County Health Care Agency.
One of those chemicals is Trichloroethylene, which is used primarily to clean metal parts and which can cause various illnesses — and even death — to humans exposed to it in high concentrations. Symptoms can include dizziness, headaches, sleepiness, confusion, nausea and unconsciousness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The chemical can cause kidney and liver disease, and it can lead to heart defects in a developing fetus in a woman’s first trimester.
The levels of the chemical in the air in the building exceed the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s “accelerated response category.”
County officials say the levels at the business on Pomona Street “may pose a risk to some individuals on this or an adjacent property, however, are not likely to pose a risk to the surrounding neighborhoods or the public in general.”
— Wire reports