Just this week, The Daily Illini published a report about central Illinois residents being up in arms over a DeWitt County landfill’s plans to dump 2.5 million cubic yards of PCB contaminated waste at the site. The landfill just happens to be over a giant reservoir of groundwater used by ¾ of a million people.
PCBs belong to a broad family of man-made organic chemicals known as chlorinated hydrocarbons. They were domestically manufactured from 1929 until their ban in 1979 and were used in hundreds of industrial and commercial applications.
Although no longer commercially produced in the United States, PCBs may still be present in products and materials produced before the 1979 PCB ban. In 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced new guidance regarding PCBs in caulk from buildings constructed or renovated between 1950 and 1978. The EPA recommends testing for PCBs in peeling, brittle, cracking or deteriorating caulk in buildings, especially around school environments.
“To help people understand the hazards associated with PCBs the IAQ Video Network released a public outreach video on the toxic chemicals,” reported Paul Cochrane, President of Cochrane and Associates, the company behind the IAQ Video Network. “We hope this video opens people’s eyes to the potential hazard of being exposed to this material.”
To view the video please visit:
To learn more or to inquire about IAQ Video Network advertising opportunities, please visit http://www.IAQTV.com or http://www.cochraneassoc.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (602)510-3179.
# # #
About Cochrane & Associates, LLC & the IAQ Video Network
Cochrane & Associates is a business development, public relations and marketing consulting firm that specializes in the environmental, HVAC, mold and indoor air quality industries. The company has worked with many of the industries’ leading institutions and companies and continues to be an innovator in the industry. They are also the innovators behind the IAQ Video Network.