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PCBRes (PCB Residue Effects)

EPA MED researchers developed the PCB Residue Effects (PCBRes) Database to assist scientists and risk assessors in correlating PCB and dioxin-like compound residues with toxic effects.  The purpose is to develop PCB critical residue values for fish, mammals and birds, especially as these relate to aquatic and aquatic-dependent species.   This database also includes expression of critical residue values based upon PCB Aroclors and total PCB-based congener specific methods because PCBs occur as complex mixtures. Because PCB toxicity occurs via the arylhydrocarbon-receptor (AhR), PCB toxicity has also been expressed using the sum of the dioxin-like PCBs after adjustment using toxicity equivalence factors (TEF).  Limited dioxin and furan compounds in single and mixture studies are also included.

The PCBRes Database self-extracting zip file (15.3 MB) includes the PCBRes database with a user-friendly interface, a ReadMe file that should be read prior to setting up the system, the full PCBRes User Guide, a two-page Quick User Guide, the PCBRes Coding Guidelines, and plotting templates.  The database requires 50 MB space on your PC and Microsoft Access 2003 or higher.

Researchers or managers using PCBRes for analyses or summary projects should consult the original scientific paper to ensure an understanding of the context of the data retrieved from PCBRes.  

For more information on the PCBRes database contact the ECOTOX helpline at: E: ecotox.support@epa.gov or T: 218-529-5225.

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