Lupardo Talks TCE Legislation

Published 01/28 2014 04:39PM

Updated 01/28 2014 05:28PM

New York State Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo believes the recently released federal cancer study of former IBM workers could be used to help strengthen the State's chemical exposure guidelines.

The study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health does not show a definitive link between IBM workers job duties and cancer rates. However, NIOSH says the company's employees in Endicott who worked with chemicals, including trichloroethylene, are more susceptible to getting certain cancers. Lupardo would like to see the New York State Department of Health adopt a much stricter TCE standard, which would establish a new maximum indoor air contaminant level.

"This study raises concerns about exposures to chemicals like PCE and TCE. We want to make sure that in New York State we have the most protective standards for human health possible," said Lupardo.

Lupardo says New Jersey has a much tighter TCE standard than New York. She originally introduced the TCE legislation back in 2008.

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