About Trichloroethylene (TCE)


July 6, 2017

The rubber meets the road with $$$$$$$$. I believe that $50 million is the figure for the long overdue cleanup in Grassy Narrows that Premier Wynne and the Liberals have promised. The people living there have suffered through no fault of their own and deserve every penny and more to restore their environment and stop […]


July 5, 2017

I renewed acquaintance with Tracy Hipel two days ago. Tracy has been an outspoken advocate, along with Debbie Vitez and others, in regards to the health and safety of the Bishop St. community residents. They have been victimized initially by Northstar and G.E.-Rozell via vapour intrusion into their homes that resulted from negligent handling and […]


June 7, 2017

I’m sure that the MOECC could only improve if their budget was doubled tomorrow. They could hire the best environmental lawyers and go after the big boys with a vengeance. They could afford to prosecute and then go through the appeal system as required. The problem is at the top. Ministers and Deputy Ministers exist […]


June 5, 2017

Well done Anam Latiff and the Waterloo Region Record. https://www.therecord.com/news-story/7352199-ministry-looks-at-new-cleanup-options-at-cambridge-contamination-site-13-years-on/ Today’s story on the front page of the Local Section is titled “Ministry looks at new options for Northstar site”. The description of the planned new remediation methods is clear and straightforward and educational for the public. The focus on the health issues caused by […]

New options being considered for Northstar remediation

June 2, 2017

NewsJun 02, 2017 06:00by Ray MartinCambridge Times Coun. Mike Mann chats with MOEE district manager Amy Shaw during Wednesday’s Northstar meeting. – Ray Martin, Times staff Rome wasn’t built in a day, nor has the potential fix for the trichloroethylene (TCE) contamination flowing from the former Northstar plant at 695 Bishop St. It’s been 13 […]

Cambridge residents living near TCE contamination fear health problems

April 14, 2017

Tracy Hipel of Cambridge is seen in his backyard earlier this year. The shed behind him houses a soil vapour extraction unit. He has to ensure clear access to the shed at all times as an employee visits the shed twice a week. Hipel has acted as an advocate for many in the neighbourhood in […]

Residents want answers about ongoing TCE contamination in Cambridge

April 13, 2017

Tracy Hipel of Cambridge is seen in his backyard earlier this year. The shed behind him houses a soil vapour extraction unit. He has to ensure clear access to the shed at all times as an employee visits the shed twice a week. (Kate Bueckert/CBC) The city has to take ownership of the residents … […]

Significant Drinking Water Threat Policy Applicability Map

December 6, 2014

TCE and chlorides are contaminants that can spread through groundwater flow. It already resides within the boundaries of the Protected Drinking water source in West Galt.  The West Galt watershed is listed as being at a “high risk for contamination” by the GRCA. Groundwater contamination by TCE has become an important environmental concern for human exposure. […]

Cambridge, the City of Water Contamination, Region of WaterPollution

December 2, 2014

What is Trichloroethylene (TCE)? We have plenty of it in Cambridge. Pioneered by Imperial Chemical Industries in Britain, its development was hailed as an anesthetic revolution. Originally thought to possess less hepatotoxicity than chloroform, and without the unpleasant pungency and flammability of ether, TCE use was nonetheless soon found to have several pitfalls. These included promotion of cardiac arrhythmias, low volatility and […]


March 4, 2014

Five broad points regarding Cambridge’s 2013 Annual Drinking Water Report. 1) Numerous ubiquitous or less so chemical compounds are not being reported. 2) The Region of Waterloo have full knowledge of serious industrial/chemical contamination in multiple Cambridge drinking wells. 3) The Region are “managing” this contamination via a number of methods including dilution/blending, redrilling & […]

Trial on the TCE: there are too many cancers Shannon says oncologist

January 3, 2014

Publié le 09 mars 2011 à 05h00 | Mis à jour le 09 mars 2011 à 13h09 Pierre Asselin The Sun  (I thought I should scoop and publish this.. (in case no one is paying attention).. Lots of Data on TCE and other deadly chemicals are disappearing from the internet. Hence my coping posts and […]

Cambridge Contamination, Cambridge is being built on a foundation of toxic sludge, by Scot Ferguson

October 17, 2011

THIS RAN ON ECHO………… I REST MY CASEby Scot Ferguson October 16 – 22, 2008 Cambridge is being built on a foundation of toxic sludge.We are paying the price for decades of manufacturing prosperity, and that prosperity could cost citizens the health of future generations.Earlier this year I had concerns about a vacant property in […]

My open letter to the Waterloo Health Department regarding TCE

September 30, 2011

—– Original Message —– From: Debbie Vitez To: Whsiuli@Region.Waterloo.On.Ca Cc: nliana@region.waterloo.on.ca Sent: Friday, September 30, 2011 11:08 AM Subject: TCE and the Bishop Street Community ****** Dr. Noland and Dr. Wang, As you both have been so up front with us the residents of the Bishop Street Community for so many years. You have both […]

Government Conspiracy to Minimize perceived Health Damage in Cambridge

July 12, 2011

After twenty-two years involvement with contaminated sites, both with hands on experience and with the reading of hundreds of groundwater reports I consider myself extremely knowledgeable regarding the transport and fate of toxic compounds in the subsurface via groundwater.  I do not consider myself an expert in regards to air transport of contaminants.  This also […]

Preston residents deserve answers

November 3, 2010

This ran in the Times……. comments invited below The first of two meetings held Monday night to give a Preston neighbourhood some answers on future health issues ended up creating more questions.   Residents in the Preston neighbourhood have faced fear and health problems after trichloroethylene(TCE) contamination was discovered in their Bishop Street community.   […]

Experts to probe Bishop Street health concerns

May 18, 2010

This ran on the KW Record… comments invited below May 17, 2010 By Jeff Outhit, Record staff CAMBRIDGE — Experts want to hear from residents concerned about their health, in a neighbourhood contaminated by industrial vapours. Almost 500 homes near Bishop Street North were affected when an industrial solvent called trichloroethylene seeped into groundwater and […]

Northstar contamination area too small for study into deaths and illness, residents told

April 8, 2010

This ran in the KW Record.. comments invited below April 07, 2010 By Kevin Swayze, Record staff CAMBRIDGE — Some residents again called for a health study into all the deaths and illness in the chemically contaminated Bishop Street neighbourhood at a public meeting Wednesday night. But environment and health officials said the study area […]

Bishop Street Open House April 7, 2010 ( included here, a link from the Nov.2007 open house)

April 6, 2010

Just a reminder of what we experienced 3 years ago when we allowed them to bamboozle us with their TCE Dance.. We have a new meeting on April 7th.. To those of you whom have lived and continue to live it.. Ask the tough questions this time.. No more being baffled by their  “hired hands […]

Ministry of Environment have finally set ” Lower levels for TCE Vapour Intrusion”

February 15, 2010

This is from the Ministry of Environment..Stating they have finally agreed to lower acceptable levels for Vapour Intrusion in homes in the Bishop Street Community.This comes in the wake of complaints, from the Public, for not having “Set Levels” anywhere in Ontario or Canada( and I’m guessing… an Application we brought to the ECO.. Environment Commissioner […]

Our personal experience with TCE

January 29, 2010

 The Bishop Street community Here is the short list of injustices we suffered at the hands of our Polluter They got to hire their own independent company who did all the testing on our contaminated homes.. (Their test results only showed the levels of TCE .. not the Chromium 6,  Arsenic or the other deadly cocktail […]