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Parkinson's Trichloroethylene Exposure Questionnaire

Millions of New Yorkers have been exposed to highly toxic Trichloroethylene in drinking water, contaminated indoor air, occupational settings or consumer products. Multiple epidemiological and scientific reports document with statistically significant findings that Trichloroethylene is causally associated with up to a 500% increased Parkinson's risks.

What is Trichloroethylene? (Hover over to view)
For more than a century TCE was widely used as a degreasing agent, chemical intermediate, ingredient in hundreds of consumer and industrial products as well as a dry cleaning solvent and spot remover. TCE is nearly ubiquitous in developed communities as an air, land and water pollutant because it resists degradation. TCE has been detected in drinking water all over New York and from coast-to-coast.

According to the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency:
"TCE is widely used as a solvent in a variety of industrial, commercial and consumer applications including for hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) production, vapor and aerosol degreasing, and in lubricants, greases, adhesives, and sealants. TSCA [Toxics Substance Control Act, not in the original] requires that when EPA [Environmental Protection Agency, not in the original] determines a chemical substance presents unreasonable risk that EPA address by rule the unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment and apply requirements to the extent necessary so the chemical no longer presents unreasonable risk. EPA determined that TCE presents an unreasonable risk of injury to health due to the significant adverse health effects associated with exposure to TCE, including non-cancer effects (liver toxicity, kidney toxicity, neurotoxicity, immunotoxicity, reproductive toxicity, and developmental toxicity) as well as cancer (liver, kidney, and non-Hodgkin lymphoma) from chronic inhalation and dermal exposures to TCE. TCE is a neurotoxicant and is carcinogenic to humans by all routes of exposure. The most sensitive adverse effects of TCE exposure are non-cancer effects (developmental toxicity and immunosuppression) for acute exposures and developmental toxicity and autoimmunity for chronic exposures. To address the identified unreasonable risk, EPA is proposing to: prohibit all manufacture (including import), processing, and distribution in commerce of TCE and industrial and commercial use of TCE for all uses..."

Millions of New Yorkers also were exposed to TCE in workplace settings before the use of the chemical was prohibited in our state in 2021: TCE Industry Classifications

As part of efforts to require comprehensive remediation of known Trichloroethylene threats across our state, Toxics Targeting seeks to identify New Yorkers with Parkinson's who can be documented to have been exposed to Trichloroethylene that might be associated with their neurodegenerative ailment.

Please contact me about the New York Parkinson's Prevention Campaign.

If you have questions, please call 800 2 TOXICS (800 286 9427).

Please fill out the Parkinson's Questionnaire below if you live, or once lived, in New York, have been diagnosed with Parkinson's and are concerned that you might have been, or continue to be, exposed to Trichloroethylene and other toxic chemicals associated with increased neurodegenerative risks.

The results of the questionnaire will not be publicly disclosed. There is no cost or compensation to participate in this voluntary survey. Selected individuals might be contacted to learn more about their Trichloroethylene exposures or to disclose information about known or possible exposures.

Thank you for your assistance. If you have questions, please call 800 286 9427.

Street address which includes street number and street name. Example: 123 Main St
State (2-letter designation i.e. NY for New York)
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Previous Places of Residence
Occupational History
These could include manufacturing operations, dry cleaners, electronics production, metal fabrication, machine shops, auto repair businesses, printing operations, gas and electric utility systems, chemical production plants, electroplating businesses and these industrial classifications.