PCBs in School? Persistent Chemicals, Persistent Problems.

Web Abstract: 
Examines a rapidly emerging base of evidence shows that PCBs can be widely found in caulking and paint in masonry buildings constructed or renovated from about 1950 to the late 1970s. These materials can cause extensive PCB contamination of the building interiors and surrounding soil, and people who teach, live, or attend school in these buildings can have elevated serum PCB levels. The potential risk associated with this source of PCB exposure is not known; however, it is worth noting that the specific PCB congeners found at high levels in the building environments, and in biological samples from the occupants, include some that are suspected of being potent neurotoxins. The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is moving to address this issue in schools; however, the costs of remediating contaminated buildings will pose a formidable obstacle to most school districts.[author's abstract]
Author: 
Herrick, Robert
Journal: 
New Solutions: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy
Media Type: 
Text
Publication Date: 
12/31/2009
Page Numbers: 
116-126
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