El Cajon residents ask state agency to protect them against toxic chemicals
EL CAJON (KUSI) – El Cajon residents held a meeting asking for state agency representatives to better protect them.
Residents met at Magnolia Elementary School, where they demanded transparency from the Department of Toxic Substances Control, asking to have a more urgent and aggressive response to the community’s ongoing health concerns.
Residents say Senior Aerospace Ketema dumped thousands of pounds of chemical degreaser TCE into a redwood pit from 1963 to 1985, causing toxic plumes to travel into nearby air.
It’s a decades long battle for many who say toxins are seeping into the starlight mobile home park and causing health problems for many people who are now living with the effects.
Maria Rodriguez, whose mother was diagnosed with COPD from pollution, says she was diagnosed in 2013 and spent the last 12 days in hospital. “We’ve been dealing with this contamination for many years, we’re just tired and we want answers about what’s going on,” says Rodriguez.
The Department of Toxic Substances Control was not immediately available to a request for comment to some of the residents’ claims.