PCBs; A Forgotten Legacy?

The Stockholm Convention requires Parties to phase out the use of PCB in equipment by 2025 and ensure elimination of PCB by 2028. UN Environment’s Chemicals and Health Branch, as the Secretariat of the PCB Elimination Network, reviewed progress in eliminating PCB.

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ATSDR Case Studies

Evidence shows that exposures to high concentrations of PCBs cause adverse dermal effects in humans. On the basis of sufficient evidence of carcinogenicity in humans and experimental animals, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified PCBs as carcinogenic to humans (Group 1).

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The POP Priority

POPs are toxic to humans and wildlife, remain intact in the environment for long periods and accumulate in the fatty tissue of living organisms. Exposure can lead to serious health problems including cancers, birth defects and damage to reproductive and immune systems.

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PCB UN Explainer Video

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are a group of manmade chemicals. They are oily liquids or solids, clear to yellow in color, with no smell or taste. PCBs are very stable mixtures that are resistant to extreme temperature and pressure. PCBs were used widely in electrical equipment like capacitors and transformers.

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