Latino Residents Kept in Dark on Health Threat at Texas TCE Superfund Site

"Predominantly Latino residents in Grand Prairie, west of Dallas, say they’ve been told little or nothing about air, soil and groundwater poisoned by TCE, a known human carcinogen."

"The Beltrán family always stocks two to three cases of bottled water in the cluttered garage of their home in Grand Prairie, Texas. They’ve used it to drink and cook for 15 years. And they trek to the nearest Walmart to stay fully stocked.

“We got here and the water was salty, super salty,” Santa Barbara Beltrán, 72, said in Spanish. “We buy jugs of water for cooking.”

Her family has lived in Grand Prairie, west of Dallas, for over 30 years, and she said it’s a common belief among her neighbors that Grand Prairie’s water is not safe to drink because “contamination floods the streets of the neighborhood.”"

Alejandra Martinez reports for KERA December 3, 2021.

First in a series with KERA in Dallas on the Delfasco Forge Superfund site in Grand Prairie, Texas, produced with the support of  Investigative Editing Corps in a pilot project with Report for America.

Source: KERA, 12/06/2021