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Latest Polychlorinated biphenyl Stories

2008-07-30 06:00:34

By Leigh Hornbeck, Albany Times Union, N.Y. Jul. 30--SARATOGA SPRINGS -- The Environmental Protection Agency will not pay for an alternative drinking water source for Hudson River communities affected by PCBs unless testing finds the chemical amount in the water violates safety standards, U.S. Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand said Tuesday. Gillibrand met in Washington D.C. with Alan Steinberg, administrator for the EPA's Region Two, which includes the stretch of the Hudson where the EPA intends...

2008-07-29 15:01:02

By DON BEHM Workers in protective gear used a bucket and pump Monday to remove an estimated 100 gallons of thick, dark-colored liquid contaminated with toxic chemicals from a sump outside the former Milwaukee Die Casting Co. at 4132 N. Holton St. The liquid poured like molasses into special plastic drums that will be shipped to a disposal facility in another state. Contractors for building owners Theresa and George Slyman are under a Friday deadline to empty the sump and plug two...

2008-07-28 12:00:42

By Benning W. De La Mater, The Berkshire Eagle, Pittsfield, Mass. Jul. 27--NEW LEBANON, N.Y. -- Residents will hear from state officials at an informational meeting tomorrow night concerning the cleanup of contaminated soil at the former Bouchard Junkyard. Officials from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Department of Health will be on hand to discuss plans to remove more than 60,000 tons of contaminated earth from the plot near the intersection of...

2008-07-25 18:00:47

By TIFFANY, Martin A Waikato meat processing company is baulking at Environment Waikato's push to drill the concrete floor of its plant to find illegally buried toxic chemicals. Waitoa-based Wallace Corporation said drilling and digging could force the plant to close, and it would rather monitor the situation and then take action as necessary. In the Auckland District Court yesterday, Tini Clark, counsel for EW, said the council's first preference was for drilling to locate capacitors...

2008-07-23 15:00:31

The U.S. Department of Labor says it can find "no known" link between toxic exposure and at least 77 medical conditions. Sick workers have come to call this the "no pay" list. But the Rocky Mountain News found that at least seven of those listed diseases actually have "good" or "strong" evidence linking them to toxic substances. The Rocky discovered the links through a simple search of an Internet database of disease studies compiled by doctors for the nonprofit Collaborative on Health and...

2008-07-22 21:00:24

By Robbyn Drake Up to a point, the facts of the case are simple: A PCB- contaminated site near Albany requires cleanup. A full assessment of the site was conducted by the State Department of Environmental Conservation. The DEC recommended on-site treatment of the contaminated soil, for which safe and effective technology is available. So how on earth do we end up with a decision to haul 75,000 tons of the most toxic portion of this waste to Niagara County and dump it just a few miles from...

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2008-07-22 06:00:00

By Matthew Tresaugue The congressional committee responsible for the Environmental Protection Agency is challenging a proposal that would allow the operator of a Port Arthur incinerator to import toxic waste from Mexico for disposal. In a letter to the EPA on Monday, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce told the federal agency's chief administrator that the proposed approval of Veolia Environmental Services' petition would "effectively create an open border" for other countries' PCBs...

2008-07-21 12:00:44

By Becky Kramer, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash. Jul. 21--Armed with a clipboard and "How to Skin a Fish" handouts, Sean Hackett approached a woman and her baby daughter as they played on a sandy beach at Peoples Park. Hackett, an intern for The Lands Council, introduced himself, and started asking questions. How often did the woman come to the Spokane River? Was she familiar with PCBs? Did she ever eat fish from the river? The woman was friendly, but slightly wary of the...

2008-07-18 15:00:48

By Ken Byron, The Hartford Courant, Conn. Jul. 18--SOUTHINGTON -- Cleaning up the remnants of contaminated sludge at the town's sewage treatment plant will cost nearly $1 million, in addition to the $14.5 million the town is already spending for an expansion to the plant. That estimate came from town staff, and the process of paying for the cleanup, which has already started, begins next week when the board of finance considers a request of $995,000 for the work. That cost estimate...

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2008-07-15 13:10:07

Women exposed to high levels of PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls "“ a group of banned environmental pollutants) are less likely to give birth to male children. A study published today in BioMed Central's open access journal Environmental Health found that among women from the San Francisco Bay Area, those exposed to higher levels of PCBs during the 50s and 60s, were significantly more likely to give birth to female children. Similar exposure is thought to have occurred in Wales, after a...