Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) have been linked to numerous health problems, including cancer.
Learn more about PCB health effects, exposure risks, and chemical history.
On this page, we’ll discuss an overview of the known PCB health effects and exposure symptoms, other PCB health risks, where PCBs are commonly found, what to do if you’ve experienced PCB exposure, and much more.
Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) are synthetic chemicals that were used in a number of industrial and commercial applications before being banned and restricted.
Despite long-standing PCB regulations, many older buildings may contain PCBs in electrical equipment and old fluorescent lighting fixtures, among other products.
People exposed to PCBs may be at an increased risk to suffer adverse health effects.
Scientific research has found that exposure to PCBs is linked to:
Lawsuits for PCB exposures and subsequent health problems are being investigated.
If you or a loved one suffered from exposure to PCBs for long periods and developed health problems, you may be eligible to file a PCB Lawsuit claim.
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Exposure to PCBs has been linked to several harmful health effects, including different types of cancer.
PCBs accumulate in the body over very long periods of time, and the latency period of these cancer causing chemicals is not fully understood.
PCBs are a probable human carcinogen.
Cancer types related to PCB exposures include:
Other potential health effects of exposure to PCBs include:
Exposure to PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) can lead to a range of health effects and symptoms.
These symptoms can vary depending on the level and duration of exposure, as well as individual factors like age and overall health.
Symptoms of PCB exposure may include:
Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are categorized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other coveted health organizations as probable human carcinogens.
These toxic substances may pose an extreme risk to human health.
The September 2018 publication “From Industrial Toxins to Worldwide Pollutants: A Brief History of Polychlorinated Biphenyls” provides an overview of PCB use, effects on the environment and health, Monsanto’s culpability, and more.
Insights from “From Industrial Toxins to Worldwide Pollutants: A Brief History of Polychlorinated Biphenyls” include:
In 1966, local fish populations were dying nearby a Monsanto plant in Anniston, Alabama.
Studies revealed widespread PCB contamination, confirming exposure in wildlife and humans, and even in regions where the chemicals had never been employed.
PCBs were produced in Anniston at a Monsanto plant for over 40 years.
During this period, the facility released PCBs into the environment.
This resulted in contamination of the air, water, and land.
Human exposure to these PCBs led to health concerns and subsequent legal action, resulting in a settlement deal worth over $700 million.
Notably, until 1971, there were no federal or state regulations governing the manufacture or disposal of PCBs.
In the 1990s and early 2000s, investigations revealed elevated levels of PCBs in some residents of Anniston and in local environmental samples.
In 2007, the Snow and Choccolocco creeks still showed elevated pollution levels due to PCB disposal.
A 2012 picture taken by Anniston, AL resident Mathieu Asselin revealed the water in Choccolocco creek was red in color.
To address the contamination, Monsanto and Solutia, Inc. initiated cleanup measures.
These efforts were supervised by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) and the US EPA, primarily under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA).
From 2003 to 2007, the Anniston Environmental Health Research Consortium (AEHRC) conducted the Anniston Community Health Survey.
This was done in collaboration with Jacksonville State University and aimed to further assess the impact of PCB exposure in the community.
Additional scientific studies on the health effects of PCB exposure include:
The dangers of PCB exposure began to emerge and become more apparent in the mid-20th century.
It wasn’t until the 1960s and 1970s that significant scientific research and evidence started to highlight the harmful effects of PCBs on both the environment and human health.
These studies indicated that PCBs were persistent organic pollutants with toxic properties.
Congress passed the Toxic Substances Control Act in 1976, which banned the manufacture and distribution of PCBs in 1979.
Monsanto knew for over 10 years before PCBs were banned that the chemicals posed an extreme risk to human health and the environment.
Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) have a long history of industrial use, and as a result, they can be found in various places and environments.
Understanding where PCBs are commonly encountered is crucial for minimizing exposure risks.
It’s important to note that regulations have significantly reduced the use of PCBs in recent decades.
However, PCBs can still linger in the environment and materials manufactured before the bans.
To address potential exposure risks, it’s crucial to follow safety guidelines, especially when handling or renovating older buildings and equipment.
Regular monitoring and remediation efforts are also essential to mitigate the presence of PCBs in the environment.
Those who have been exposed to PCBs and developed related health problems may be eligible to take legal action against responsible parties.
If you or a loved one were exposed to PCBs and subsequently developed health problems, contact TorHoerman Law for a free consultation.
Our attorneys can help determine if you qualify to file a PCB Exposure Lawsuit.
Exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) can occur through various pathways, both direct and indirect.
PCBs are persistent pollutants that can be released into the environment and then find their way into the human body through multiple routes.
PCB exposure pathways include:
Our law firm is investigating prolonged exposure to PCBs in classrooms and school buildings that contain old fluorescent lighting fixtures and PCB-containing electrical equipment.
Despite the banning and regulation of commercial PCB mixtures, PCB levels have remained significant in some school buildings and other older buildings.
Our law firm is currently investigating potential litigation for those suffering from exposure to PCBs, particularly in school buildings that contain PCB-containing fluorescent lights and construction materials.
If you or a loved one were exposed to PCBs and subsequently developed health problems, you may be eligible to file a PCB Lawsuit claim.
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Potential health effects of exposure to PCBs are various.
PCBs are a probable human carcinogen, and have been linked to several other non-cancer health problems.
Adverse health effects linked to PCB exposure include, but are not limited to:
Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are a group of synthetic chemicals that were manufactured for various industrial purposes.
PCBs are dangerous due to their persistent nature in the environment, resistance to breaking down, and ability to accumulate in living organisms.
PCBs have been linked to a range of health risks in humans, including cancer, reproductive issues, and immune system disorders.
They can enter the human body through ingestion of contaminated food and water, inhalation of airborne particles, and dermal contact with contaminated materials.
Because of their toxicity and environmental persistence, PCBs have been banned or heavily restricted in many countries to mitigate their detrimental impacts on human and environmental health.
Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) have largely been banned, restricted, and disposed of in the United States.
However, some older buildings and products still contain polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).
Products and areas where polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) can be found or have been historically used include:
The use of PCBs has been heavily regulated and phased out in many countries due to their environmental and health risks.
However, older equipment and materials that contain PCBs may still be present, especially in older buildings and industrial settings.
Efforts have been made to remediate contaminated sites and safely dispose of PCB-containing materials to reduce exposure risks.
The United States banned polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in 1979.
PCB production and use have been heavily restricted or banned in many countries since the 1970s and 1980s due to their environmental and health hazards.
Yes, indoor sources like older buildings and schools can contain PCB-containing materials such as old fluorescent lights, caulking and sealants.
PCBs can be released into indoor air, potentially leading to exposure, although regulations have reduced the prevalence of PCBs in newer buildings.
To minimize exposure, individuals should avoid consuming PCB-contaminated food, follow safety guidelines if working with PCB-containing materials, and be aware of potential sources of PCB exposure in their surroundings.
Remediation and proper disposal of PCB-containing materials are also essential to reduce environmental contamination.