The small town of Mancelona, Michigan is currently experiences the effects of one of the country's largest toxic plumes of a solvent that was carelessly discarded by Mt. Clemens Metal Products Company in the late 1940s- late1960s. This solvent, trichloroethylene, was first found in local water supply when state officials were removing metal contamination in the city fifteen years ago. Very little has been done to combat this problem since. Currently, the underground plume of trichloroethylene (TCE) plume is six miles long and continues to grow at the alarming rate of around 300 feet northwest per year. TCE was confirmed to be a carcinogen in 2011 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and has been linked to cancers of the liver and kidney as well as non-Hodgkins lymphoma. While the use of the solvent has declined drastically over the years, not much is being done to address the ever-growing plume. It has been ensured that all citizens of Mancelona and other affected areas have access to clean water but many people agree that this is not enough because it is not actually fixing the problem. If the TCE plume continues to grow at this rate, the new wells drilled to replace the old contaminated ones will soon face the same fate. With purification plans costing up to $34 million, which is far more than the state is able to pay, attempts to stop the plume and correct the damage done are at a standstill and 13 trillion gallons of water remain contaminated. TCE is not only dangerous if ingested through water, but its vapor is also extremely dangerous and can effectively infiltrate basements via the soil. People living above the plume are also at a risk of exposure to the vapor during showers. It appears that the TCE problem of Mancelona, Michigan is finally getting attention due to its rapid spread toward upscale resorts and retirement communities. Hopefully people will begin to do what they can to help and generate funds to use purification procedures developed by scientists that will begin to degrade this toxic plume. Gigantic problems like these that affect lives presently and undoubtedly have future ramifications are precisely the reason that scientific research, particularly chemical and organic chemical research much continue.