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Google buildings have toxic fumes likely resulting from previous occupants

Google buildings have toxic fumes seeping up from the ground, likely caused by previous owners.

@tracehagan
Published Fri, Feb 22 2013 4:02 PM CST   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

A couple of Google's office buildings in Mountain View, California are having issues with toxic fumes that are likely the result of the previous owners of the land. Buildings QD6 and QD7 were found to have high levels of trichloroethylene (TCE), a toxic solvent used in the manufacturing of electronic chips.

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The previous owners of the land were Fairchild Semiconductor, Intel, Raytheon, and other chip makers. These companies dumped thousands of gallons of THC into the ground, which has contaminated the water. Google installed air filters when they moved in and conducted air quality tests.

Readings as high as 8 micrograms per cubic meter were recorded. Normal exposure is 5 micrograms per cubic meter. The EPA has said that it would take decades of exposure to cause problems, not the few months that Google employees experienced.

Google released a statement, saying "The health and safety of our employees is Google's number one priority, and we take several proactive measures to ensure the healthiest indoor air environments possible."

Trace is a starving college student studying Computer Science. He has a love of the English language and an addiction for new technology and speculation. When he's not writing, studying, or going to class, he can be found on the soccer pitch, both playing and coaching, or on the mountain snowboarding.

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