U.S. Navy Working to Clean Up Alameda Contaminated Water

by Staff Blogger | June 2nd, 2014

Anything that is living here on Earth depends on water for survival. If our sources for water here become polluted, it can often have an extremely negative impact on the area’s entire ecosystem.

Such concerns have risen here in Alameda after it was discovered that the U.S. Navy had allowed toxic trichloroethene to enter groundwater supplies near Town Center and Seaplane Lagoon, potentially exposing locals to a risk of environmental injury. Experts explain the chemical is a solvent that was used in engine repair centers and is believed to have originated from a railcar leak.

The U.S. Navy was about to scrap cleanup plans for the Alameda contaminated water until information came to light that showed vapors from the chemical could seep into nearby buildings, potentially causing serious harm to those who were exposed to the fumes.

The Alameda Sun explains that in order to address the problem, the U.S. Navy will begin using a concoction of whey and vegetable oil to eliminate the pollution over a six-year period.

While it’s good to see efforts being made to clean the toxic spill, the damage may already be done to some who have been exposed to the pollution. The time frame of a six-year cleanup also leaves a window of potential exposure to the harsh chemicals.

At Berg Injury Lawyers, our team of California personal injury attorneys recognizes the risks associated with exposure to toxins in the environment. That’s why we encourage anyone who believes they or a loved one have been harmed as the result of such exposure to discuss their legal rights with a qualified attorney immediately.