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Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are tough chemicals. Created mainly for electrical equipment, and also during waste incineration, their production was banned starting in 1979 due to cancer risk and other health worries. But PCBs have resisted degradation and spread far and wide, reaching the Arctic and Antarctic. During two expeditions in 2014, an international team collected wildlife from the Mariana Trench in the North Pacific and the Kermadec Trench in the South Pacific. When they analyzed small, shrimplike crustaceans called amphipods (pictured), they detected “extraordinary” levels of many kinds of PCBs, exceeding those of polluted waters at the surface.
The Hudson the US’s flagship Superfund site, but it’s also one of the largest in the country with the longest-running history of environmental action and PCB remediation projects. In 2015, GE gave an official statement to US EPA and NYSDEC that they had successfully completed their six-year-long PCB remediation project along a 40-mile stretch of the Upper Hudson, which had cost the conglomerate $1.7 billion. But after months and months of deliberating, EPA publicly declared in late 2018 that it would not be awarding GE a certificate of completion for the project, citing the continued presence of GE-sourced PCBs throughout the river. This decision was met with mutual agreement from NYSDEC and environmental activists alike, as well as other major stakeholders with claims to the Hudson.
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The ecoSPEARS team exhibited at the AEHS Conference from March 18-21st in San Diego, CA. We want to thank everyone who was able to come out and learn about our green remediation technologies. It’s with your help that made AEHS a major success! Make sure to stay tuned to learn more about our future tradeshows the ecoSPEARS team will be attending.
ecoSPEARS is hosting a “STEM Tank Competition” for STEM students around the Central Florida Area to come together to help tackle some of the World’s most pressing environmental issues. The competition will take place on Earth Day, April 22nd at 10 am in the ecoSPEARS headquarters. Come out and show your support!
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