SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Gomez Trial Attorneys and the national law firm of Baron & Budd, P.C. represent several families in San Luis Obispo who have discovered TCE contamination in their drinking water wells. TCE is a toxic chemical commonly used as a solvent by industries such as manufacturing and mechanics. TCE, or Trichloroethylene, is toxic to humans and animals if exposed through oral ingestion, vapor inhalation, or dermal contact. TCE levels in this area are 3 to 12 times higher than safe drinking water standards.

The potentially affected areas include the neighborhoods of Buckley Road, Thread Lane, east of Davenport Creek Road, and Evans Road, all southwest of the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport. TCE was recently discovered in one well in October 2015, and since then Gomez Trial Attorneys and Baron & Budd have discovered additional wells contaminated with TCE. San Luis Obispo County has also collected well samples, half of which are contaminated with TCE.

While the source of the TCE contamination is currently unknown, the California Regional Water Quality Control Board has identified the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport as a potential source, including airline and airplane operations over several decades.

“TCE contamination is a serious public health concern and the first order of business is to ensure everyone is aware of the contamination and taking steps to protect their families,” said attorney John Fiske of Gomez Trial Attorneys. “Currently, we’re helping affected families explore immediate mitigation efforts such as carbon filters to protect the people living there,” added Mr. Fiske.

The regulatory drinking water standard is 5 micrograms per liter, and some TCE levels found in this area are up to 12 times that amount.

Environmental attorney Scott Summy of Baron & Budd also represents the affected families. “We have already begun a full investigation into who caused this contamination. These families should be able to drink their own water without fear of contamination. Whoever caused this contamination should clean it up,” said attorney Summy.

Gomez Trial Attorneys is based in California and is committed to environmental justice, including the safe use of natural resources such as drinking water. Baron & Budd is a national law firm based in Dallas, Texas and is the leading law firm in water contamination cases.

For more information, please contact attorney John Fiske at Gomez Trial Attorneys at 619-237-3490 or Fiske@GomezTrialAttorneys.com.