PCB, or polychlorinated biphenyls, are part of a group of chemicals known as chlorinated hydrocarbons, which were commonly used in hundreds of products and processes from the 1940’s to the 1970’s. The use of PCBs was banned by the EPA in 1979, and their safe removal and disposal is now regulated by the Toxic Substances Control Act to ensure minimal exposure to workers and occupants of buildings that may contain them. http://www.epa.gov/
Long-term exposure to PCBs can cause cancer and a variety of other health conditions related to the immune system, the reproductive system, nervous system and endocrine system. For more information on PCBs and the medical dangers, visit the EPA websites for general information and the health effects of PCBs. http://www.epa.gov/
A few weeks back, Westport Middle School in Westport, MA reported a worsening problem with PCBs that could cost them $100,000 or more to clean up before the start of school this fall. Apparently, PCBs in the caulking around the windows had leached into the surrounding masonry, and in addition, PCBs were found in the glue holding the roof panels in place. Testing of the air inside the school showed there was an unacceptable level of PCBs. It turned about to be worse than they thought, delaying the opening of the school and costing over $2 million. http://www.heraldnews.com/
In a similar circumstance last year, concerns were raised in Massachusetts after an elementary school in Lexington was closed for concerns relating to PCB contamination, and Fox News reported that as many as 50% of schools in Massachusetts could be polluted with PCB containing materials. http://www.myfoxboston.com/
“If you suspect your building was constructed using PCB-containing materials, then you must use a certified environmental remediation company, like Southern Middlesex Industries, SMI, to safely remove and dispose of the affected materials”, stated Darrell Maclean, President of SMI. “The team at SMI are expert at PCB remediation;
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