A Senate bill introduced today could limit public exposure to contaminated drinking water like the water consumed by thousands of military families and employees at Camp Lejeune decades ago.
Senator Elizabeth Dole, a North Carolina Republican, is sponsoring the bill along with four Democrats.
The bill is aimed at drinking water contaminated with trichloroethylene, or TCE, and would require the Environmental Protection Agency to establish a standard to limit TCE levels in drinking water. It also calls for an exposure standard for TCE vapor.
The EPA has classified TCE as the most widespread chemical contaminant in water across the country. TCE is used in degreasers, adhesives and paint and spot removers.
Drinking water wells contaminated with TCE at Lejeune were closed between 1985 and 1987.