High PCE reading taken near Montclair well

072414-mt-lorrainewell01 The Lorraine Bedrock well at the corner of North Mountain and Lorraine avenues is the site of a recent test that registered an elevated level of tetrachloroethylene.
Photo Credit: Adam Anik

It’s a clear, colorless liquid that has a mild, sweet, ether-like odor.

It’s also a “probable carcinogen” that can potentially damage developing fetuses, decrease fertility, and damage the liver and kidneys, according to the New Jersey Department of Health.

Say hello to tetrachloroethylene, otherwise known as perchloroethene, perchloroethylene, PERC or PCE.

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