The City of London along with a number of organizations are testing groundwater and soil after the discovery of a potentially dangerous chemical.
The Middlesex London Health Unit, who is involved in the testing, first found the chemical “trichlororethylene” during groundwater testing last year at commercial and industrial properties.
The area being tested is west of Highbury Ave., north of Brydges St., east of Ashland Ave., and south of Wilton Ave.
The London Transit Commission is working with the aforementioned organizations as well as the Ministry of the Environment to find the source of the contamination, and what steps need to be taken to resolve the issue.
The contamination could be related to operations at the LTC property on Highbury Ave. decades ago.
Indoor air quality testing in early March found that TCE levels shows the health risk is very low.
However, prolonged exposure to the chemical may cause cancer or other health effects.
TCE is used for cleaning and as a metal parts degreaser. It is found in a number of consumer products like glue and adhesives, paint and paint removers, and rug cleaning fluids.
The Middlesex London Health Unit has handed out information packages to residents of the neighbourhood being tested.